"There was a strong presence of artists at the fair, from Katherine Bernhardt holding court at David Zwirner to Singapore artist Fyerool Darma at Yeo Workshop. Singapore has been positioning itself as a contender for the crown of Asia’s primary art-market hub—Sotheby’s held its first live auction in the city-state in 15 years, which brought in $18 million at the end of August.
Gallerist and art consultant Audrey Yeo, who was one of the project directors of the Singapore fair Sea Focus, said there was still a ways to go for the city-state. “One of my learnings over the years is that you can develop all the hardware that you want but the most important thing is the software,” she said. “In Singapore, we have such great infrastructure, but I think what we need to focus on now is our content and out artists if we hope to catch up to what’s happening in Seoul.”"