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About Reena Devi (b. 1986, Singapore)
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Reena writes about disruptions reshaping the art world for international media in New York, Hong Kong and London, such as South China Morning Post, ARTnews, The Art Newspaper, Artsy, Hyperallergic, ArtAsiaPacific and CoBo Social.
Her articles primarily involve identifying major trends and providing insightful analyses on diverse art markets and art worldwide. As a Singaporean arts journalist instinctively familiar with shifting global and regional contexts, Reena’s writing provides a unique perspective and intellectual rigour, drawing from a wide range of sources to formulate a comprehensive narrative thread.
In the beginning of 2021, one of the most transformative years in the art world, she started reporting on international art market trends for established London based news outlet, The Art Newspaper, covering the growing direct-to-consumer model, the rise of physical NFT exhibitions and more.
Since the second half of 2021, building on her coverage of the region from 2016, Reena has been reporting on the growth and interest in Asia for The Art Newspaper, Artsy, SCMP, ARTnews and CoBo Social. Her articles focus on ongoing shifts in the art market and institutional landscape in South Korea, Singapore, Hong Kong and Taiwan.
When the pandemic became widespread in 2020, Reena was tasked with writing a regular series of analyses for Hong Kong art media CoBo Social, exploring challenges the art world was facing in US, UK, Europe and Asia, from unemployment to toxic philanthropy, and lacklustre art fairs. She was invited to talk about some of these articles on various podcasts and panels. In 2021, Reena was also invited to analyse the art market’s major shifts and technological awakening in a monthly column Market Chats for CoBo Social.
Prior to this, Reena worked in the Singapore government, in various portfolios related to arts and culture, from 2012 to 2016, after completing her postgraduate degree at the University of Edinburgh. She began her trajectory as a journalist in 2016, taking on the role of senior reporter at local newspaper TODAY, breaking stories and scoring exclusives while covering the Singapore arts scene. She moved to Yahoo Singapore in 2017, where she was a lifestyle reporter, before leaving to cover the art world for international media.
Additionally, Reena edits articles, essays and content for international media and ad-hoc projects.
She can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org for tips, leads, commissions and speaking opportunities.