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About Reena Devi (b. 1986, Singapore)
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After almost five years working full-time in the Singapore government in various portfolios related to arts and culture, I became a Senior Reporter in 2016, covering the local arts scene for daily newspaper TODAY, jumpstarting my career as an arts journalist.
Since then, I have pivoted to writing about disruptions reshaping the art world for international media such as South China Morning Post (SCMP), ARTnews, The Art Newspaper, Artsy, Hyperallergic, ArtAsiaPacific and CoBo Social.
In the beginning of 2021, one of the most transformative years in the art world, I started reporting on international art market trends for established UK news outlet, The Art Newspaper, covering the growing direct-to-consumer model, the rise of physical NFT exhibitions and more.
Concurrently, I launched a Substack newsletter, Reena Makes Lists, exploring disruptions reshaping the art world in terms of technology, money and power. I wrote and edited the newsletter which reached readers worldwide on a weekly basis over six months.
During the second half of 2021, I was invited to analyse the art market’s major shifts and technological awakening in a monthly column titled Market Chats for Hong Kong art media CoBo Social.
At the same time, building on my coverage of the region since 2018, I started reporting on the recent phenomenon of exponential growth in Asia’s art market for The Art Newspaper, Artsy, SCMP, ARTnews and CoBo Social. My articles focused on ongoing shifts in the market and institutional landscape in South Korea, Singapore, Hong Kong and Taiwan.
Prior to that, when the pandemic became widespread in 2020, I was tasked to write a regular series of analyses for CoBo Social, looking at the challenges the art world was facing, such as unemployment, toxic philanthropy, and lacklustre art fairs. I was invited to talk about some of my articles on various art world podcasts and panels.
Additionally, I edit articles, essays and content for international media and ad-hoc projects.