Butt of the joke: Anthea Hamilton at New York’s SculptureCenter

Anthea Hamilton’s new exhibition ‘Lichen! Libido! Chastity!’ is now on show at New York’s SculptureCenter.
Anthea Hamilton’s new exhibition ‘Lichen! Libido! Chastity!’ is now on show at New York’s SculptureCenter. Pictured: Cigarette Pipes, 2015
(Image credit: Kyle Knodell)

Singapore's ambition to establish itself as a regional arts centre continues to grow apace with the much-anticipated 23 July opening of Bui Gallery.

Western art galleries are still something of a novelty in Singapore, but Bui is an encouraging sign of the island-state's growing awareness of -- not to mention affection for -- the greater art world.

Founder and owner Betty Bui parlays her French-Vietnamese heritage and training at Christies to curate a sophisticated mix of established and budding artists from the region. Though just 32, she opened her flagship gallery last year in Hanoi, and after Singapore, she brings Bui Gallery Nomade, a roving gallery, to London in October.

For the moment, her focus is on Singapore with an ongoing remit to nurture an engaging blend of photography, videos, sculptures and installations. 'I feel there is so much energy here in the region to be explored,' she says. 'Established artists alongside new and exciting talents make up today's multiplicity of voices, developments, places and media and it is all happening here in Asia.'

The Singaporean gallery will open with an exhibition of surrealistic watercolours by the French artist Béatrice Cussol, with exhibitions by Ha Manh Thang, Hiroshi Sugimoto, Chen Man and the late Louise Bourgeois to follow in the coming year.

The show is the artist’s first solo museum exhibition in the USA.

The show is the artist’s first solo museum exhibition in the USA. Pictured: installation view

(Image credit: Kyle Knodell)

The show’s centrepiece, Project for door (After Gaetano Pesce), comprises a man’s backside, hands clutching each half of his gluteus maximus

The show’s centrepiece, Project for door (After Gaetano Pesce), comprises a man’s backside, hands clutching each half of his gluteus maximus, set into a brick wall; Hamilton has channelled Pesce by using a human subject for the piece – a well-known graphic designer whose identity the artist is reluctant to reveal

(Image credit: Kyle Knodell)

Hamilton’s work is informed by product and avante garde design, and notions of fandom – inspirations embodied in works

Hamilton’s work is informed by product and avante garde design, and notions of fandom – inspirations embodied in works that verge on the absurd. Pictured: installation view

(Image credit: Kyle Knodell)

Rice Cakes, 2015

Rice Cakes, 2015

(Image credit: Kyle Knodell)

Venice, The Kabuki Version

Venice, The Kabuki Version, 2013

(Image credit: Kyle Knodell)

Brick Suit, 2010

Brick Suit, 2010

(Image credit: Kyle Knodell)

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‘Lichen! Libido! Chastity!’ on view until 4 January 2016

Photography: Kyle Knodell, courtesy the artist

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44-19 Purves Street
Long Island City, NY 11101

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