Why you need to get personal when buying art

How do you value an artwork? The purchase of art is not a mere commercial transaction but an opportunity for education. There must also be a personal connection to the work.

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Billed as the signature visual arts season on the nation's culture calendar, Singapore Art Week (SAW) returns next month. This coming together of the arts community, commercial arts galleries and museums has always been anticipated by general visitors, serious arts collectors and overseas visitors.

With the gradual opening of Singapore's borders, there is a glimmer of hope that the 10th edition of SAW will see a return of some of the buzz that marked earlier seasons, which had traditionally attracted regional arts lovers.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on December 21, 2021, with the headline Why you need to get personal when buying art. Subscribe