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Art SG propels Singapore to creative big leagues

New art fair puts city-state on map for galleries and collectors alike

 Pearl Lam Galleries’ booth at Art SG. (All photos by Juliana Tan)

SINGAPORE -- For decades, Singapore was a bit player among Asia's art heavyweights. Hong Kong had the big-name fair, Art Basel Hong Kong; Seoul had blue-chip galleries; Tokyo an established roster of esteemed artists.

But something has shifted of late. Singapore's art institutions have been refreshed, world-class auctions have finally returned, commercial galleries have started to set up shop -- and a new enthusiasm is brewing.

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