What's become of The Artists Village?

The new exhibition by the legendary art collective features several works by its young blood. But they are nowhere near as hard-hitting as those of its original members, says HELMI YUSOF

Published Thu, Nov 28, 2013 · 10:00 PM
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AT the centre of Jeremy Hiah's playful painting hangs a mechanical toy monkey. Clap your hands close to it and it starts to dance. Surrounding the monkey are the names of three art superstars - Damien Hirst, Jeff Koons and Fang Lijun.

Hiah, 41, is obviously making a point about commercially successful artists who prostitute themselves for the art market, making works they think would please art buyers instead of genuinely trying to push the boundaries of art and perception - as good artists are supposed to do.

Titled Portrait of the 20th Century Artist, it makes a strong statement about artists and the art market.

Unfortunately, it is one of very few standout works in the new exhibition by the legendary art collective The Artists Village (TAV) taking pl…

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