Eko Nugroho's Indonesia. Photo courtesy of Ark Galerie, Jakarta, and the artist.
To celebrate our 15th annual destination issue, focused this year on the New Asia, we're doing something a little different. This week marks the launch of Departures' Global Arts Initiative, a series of cultural and educational programs focused on contemporary art. The first program, "Asia NOW," highlights 13 up-and-coming Asian artists in a series of cultural activities. The pièce de résistance of "Asia NOW" is a benefit auction at Sotheby's, in New York, on September 13. On the block are 19 works from talents such as Singaporean graffiti artist Anthony "Antz" Chong, Thai photographer Manit Sriwanichpoom and Indonesian textile artist Eko Nugroho. Proceeds from the auction will be contributed to the Asia Society Museum in New York to help continue its more than 20 years of showcasing contemporary Asian art. If you're on the West Coast, we suggest stopping by Neiman Marcus in San Francisco on September 22 to see Chong work his on-canvas magic in a live performance. You just might be the lucky spectator who gets to take his artwork home. departures.com/globalarts.
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