TWO KEY BANGKOK GALLERIES RELOCATE
Despite the consistent significance of its shows, Numthong Gallery, founded by Mr. Numthong Saetang in 1997, has long been notorious for the obscurity of its location (in a small, unmarked space deep inside a coop housing block far from downtown). Now it has moved into a purpose-built facility in the lively district of Aree, a ten minute walk from the BTS Skytrain’s Aree Station. The new gallery has 520 square meters of space, all on one level, including 135 square meters of exhibition space.
The reincarnated gallery’s first show, “Before Birth After Death,” which will run until May 31, features collage-like paintings by Kamin Lertchaiprasert, who is based in Chiang Mai. After Kamin, Numthong has slated solo shows by painters Nithi Watuya and Attasit Aniwatchon later in 2012.
Ver’s new site was launched on February 11 with the show “Retro-Ver-spective,” featuring works by 15 Thai artists previously shown at the gallery, and two invited artists. The inaugural show closes on April 29. Gallery Ver plans four to five shows per year. Later in 2012 they will show abstract paintings by Spencer Sweeney, works by a young Thai artist, Noi Noir, and a show by Arin Rungjang.
Given the Thai capital’s sprawling layout, weak system of public transport, and lack of focused gallery districts, the accessibility of these new venues is in itself a welcome development for the local art scene.
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