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Latiff Mohidin: Pago Pago (1960-1969)Latiff Mohidin: Pago Pago (1960-1969) by Shabbir Hussain Mustafa; Catherine David (Eds.)

Latiff Mohidin’s life work has been discussed extensively within national and, to some extent, regional frameworks, yet his contribution to global modernism remains understudied. Seen as a step toward addressing this gap, this catalogue seeks to position the artist within Berlin art circles of the 1960s, and unravel what could be contingently described as painting from within the tradition. The catalogue also explores the formative role of Latiff Mohidin’s Pago Pago series not only in his oeuvre, but also in our very ability to write about Southeast Asian history.

Buddhist Visual Cultures, Rhetoric, And Narrative In Late Burmese Wall PaintingsBuddhist Visual Cultures, Rhetoric, And Narrative In Late Burmese Wall Paintings by Green, Alexandra

Step into a Burmese temple built between the late seventeenth and early nineteenth centuries and you are surrounded by a riot of color and imagery. The majority of the highly detailed wall paintings display Buddhist biographical narratives, inspiring the devotees to follow the Buddha's teachings. Alexandra Green goes one step further to consider the temples and their contents as a whole, arguing that the wall paintings mediate the relationship between the architecture and the main Buddha statues in the temples. This forges a unified space for the devotees to interact with the Buddha and his community, with the aim of transforming the devotees' current and future lives. These temples were a cohesively articulated and represented Burmese Buddhist world to which the devotees belonged. Green's visits to more than 160 sites with identifiable subject matter form the basis of this richly illustrated volume, which draws upon art historical, anthropological, and religious studies methodologies to analyze the wall paintings and elucidate the contemporary religious, political, and social concepts that drove the creation of this lively art form.

Colours Of Impressionism: Masterpieces From The Musée D’OrsayColours Of Impressionism: Masterpieces From The Musée D’Orsay by Kisiel, Marine; Paul Perrin (Eds.)

One of the great innovations of the Impressionists was their radical use of colour: their application of strokes of complementary or contrasting hues captured the shifting effects of light and foregrounded the nature of vision. Using colour as the lens through which to magnify the movement's intricacies, this catalogue sweeps us from Manet's rich blacks, through green and blue landscapes of Monet and Cézanne, to the sensuous pinks of Renoir. Along this journey, scientific discoveries and emerging definitions of modernity are explored, illuminating the profound innovations of the Impressionists and the shifting preconceptions of their art.

Writing The Modern: Selected Texts On Art & Art History In Singapore, Malaysia & Southeast Asia, 1973-2015Writing The Modern: Selected Texts On Art & Art History In Singapore, Malaysia & Southeast Asia, 1973-2015 by Sabapathy, T.K.

T.K. Sabapathy has been writing on the art of Southeast Asia for over four decades (1973-2015), as a critic, curator and art historian. This collection of his work, representing the scope and depth of Sabapathy's output, and highlighting his most important and influential writings, is also a survey of the vast changes in the landscape of art in the region over the period. This publication provides an opportunity for more focused (re)reading, review and renewed consideration of T.K. Sabapathy's rich body of work, to further fuel modern and contemporary art writing, research and exhibition-making.

Place.Labour.Capital by Bauer, Ute Meta; Anca Rujoiu (Eds.)

Place.Labour.Capital. connects cultural production and artistic research to broader political and social concerns engaging readers with contemporary debates in Southeast Asia and beyond. The title of the publication refers to the framework employed at NTU CCA Singapore in its first cycle of activities (2013-2016). Singapore, as the world's second largest trading port and the economic epicentre for the region of Southeast Asia, served as an important point of departure to examine the intersections between locality and the global world, labour and flows of capital. Place.Labour.Capital. serves equally as a rear-view mirror that enables an art institution to review the parameters of its own position in times of a globalised art world and knowledge-production economies.

Singapore's Vanished Housing Estates (2Nd Edition)Singapore's Vanished Housing Estates (2Nd Edition) by Koh Kim Chay & Eugene Ong

This is a photographic essay about these early architectural forms and living spaces. From the lush expanse of colonial-era Princess Elizabeth Park estate to the brick-clad heights of Pickering Street, these photographs may not be turn-of-the-century archaic but neither are they contemporary enough to be familiarly recognized. As pictorial records of our first homes in historically significant and newly emerging estates then, they are an invaluable window into Singapore's changing housing landscape in the 50s and beyond. The 27 public housing estates featured in this collection are expunged forever.

Women Artists In Paris, 1850-1900Women Artists In Paris, 1850-1900 by Madeline, Laurence Et Al

In the second half of the 19th century, Paris attracted an international gathering of women artists, drawn to the French capital by its academies and museums, studios and salons. Featuring 36 artists from 11 different countries, this beautifully illustrated book explores the strength of these women's creative achievements, through paintings by acclaimed Impressionists such as Mary Cassatt and Berthe Morisot, and extraordinary lesser-known artists such as Marie Bashkirtseff, Anna Bilinska-Bohdanowicz, Paula Modersohn-Becker, and Hanna Pauli. It examines their work against the sociopolitical background of the period, when women were mostly barred from formal artistic education but cleverly navigated the city's network of ateliers, salons, and galleries.

Michaelangelo: Divine Draftsman And DesignerMichaelangelo: Divine Draftsman And Designer by Bambach, Carmen C.

The Italian Renaissance master Michelangelo Buonarroti (1475-1564) was especially celebrated for his disegno, a term that embraces both drawing and conceptual design. Featuring more than 200 drawings as well as paintings, sculpture, and architectural plans and views, this authoritative examines Michelangelo as "the divine draftsman and designer" whose work, according to Giorgio Vasari, embodied the unity of the arts. In each thematic chapter, related drawings and other works are illustrated and discussed together, many for the first time, to provide new insights into Michelangelo's creative process.

Degas: A Passion For PerfectionDegas: A Passion For Perfection by Munro, Jane (Ed.)

Published in the centenary year of the artist's death, this book presents an exceptional array of Degas's work, including paintings, drawings, pastels, etchings, monotypes, counter proofs, and sculpture, with approximately sixty key works from private and public collections in Europe and the United States, some of them published here for the first time. Shown together, the impressive works represent well over half a century of innovation and artistic production. Essays by leading Degas scholars and conservation scientists explore his practice and recurring themes of the human figure and landscape.

By The Pen And What They Write: Writing In Islamic Art And CultureBy The Pen And What They Write: Writing In Islamic Art And Culture by Blair, Sheila; Jonathan Bloom (Eds.)

Considered by Muslims as the only true art, calligraphy has played a prominent role in Islamic culture since the time of the prophet Muhammad. Exploring this central role of the written word in Islam and how writing practices have evolved and adapted in different historical contexts, this book provides an overview of the enormous impact that writing in Arabic script has had on the visual arts of the Islamic world. Approaching the topic from a number of different perspectives, the essays in this volume include discussions on the relationship between orality and the written word; the materiality of the written word, ranging from the type of paper on which books were written to monumental inscriptions in stone and brick; and the development of Arabic typography and the printed book.

Jim Thompson: The Thai Silk SketchbookJim Thompson: The Thai Silk Sketchbook by Warren, William (Text) Graham Byfield

When the renowned American businessman Jim Thompson disappeared on Easter Sunday 1967 in mysterious circumstances, the legend of this extraordinarily gifted designer and entrepreneur began. During a period of two decades, he had developed silk making from being a static village craft into a dynamic textile industry providing exquisite silks for both the Thai domestic and international markets. The house he built in Bangkok is a work of art in itself, furnished with his superb collection of Asian antiques and artifacts. This attractive book portrays the world of Jim Thompson with annotated sketches and fine watercolor paintings - exploring his life story; the house, now a museum; the history of silk; sericulture and silk making; and the company he established which today continues his work, producing some of the world's finest fabrics and designs.

Yi-Lu Collection Of Vietnamese Ceramics, The. Yi Lu Cang Yue Nao Tao CiYi-Lu Collection Of Vietnamese Ceramics, The. Yi Lu Cang Yue Nao Tao Ci by Richards, Dick; Loh T.S.

Vietnam has a long tradition of ceramic production. The works featured in this catalogue have been chosen to celebrate the artistic and technical achievements of the designers and potters who worked at northern Vietnamese production sites for more than two millennia. The works are presented in related groups, much as a private collector might display them. With a catalogue essay by Kerry Nguyen-Long.

50 Paintings You Should Know50 Paintings You Should Know by Lowis, Kristina; Tamsin Pickeral

Now available in an updated edition, this generously illustrated book is a tour of the most important Western paintings since the Renaissance. Spanning seven centuries, this selection of 50 iconic paintings offers readers a crash course in art history while presenting gorgeous color reproductions that are a pleasure to contemplate. Starting with Giotto's Arena Chapel frescoes and continuing through Botticelli's The Birth of Venus, da Vinci's Mona Lisa, Vermeer's Girl with a Pearl Earring as well as works by Monet, van Gogh, Cassatt, Cézanne, Dalí, Kahlo, Hopper, Pollock, Rothko, and O'Keeffe, nearly every important painter is represented in this book.

Seduction: Japan's Floating World - The John C. Weber CollectionSeduction: Japan's Floating World - The John C. Weber Collection by Allen, Laura W.

Seduction show how images of courtesans were constructed as objects of desire, and it considers how the artistic version aligned with or departed from the reality of women's lives. It traces the ways that art was used to transport viewers to a constructed realm of sensory delights to stimulate desires and gratify fantasies of carefree pleasure. Editor Laura W. Allen offers an overview of the seductive spell cast by the floating world and provides helpful entries on each of the featured objects. The result is a fascinating study of the way that visual objects were used to convey insider knowledge about the latest fashions in clothing, hairstyles, accessories, and even games.

Flower Power: The Meaning Of Flowers In Asian ArtFlower Power: The Meaning Of Flowers In Asian Art by Chan, Dany

In 1967, the phrase "flower power" transformed the commonplace flower into a Buddhist-inspired symbol of peace. In honor of the fiftieth anniversary of San Francisco's "Summer of Love," this art and design book showcases the expressive powers of flowers in Asian arts and cultures. Beginning in ancient times, a language of flowers, where certain blooms suggest specific themes, was communicated in art throughout Asia. Here forty artworks, all drawn from the Asian Art Museum's renowned collection, focus on six celebrated flowers-lotus, plum blossom, cherry blossom, chrysanthemum, tulip, and rose-and the messages they convey.

Between Worlds: Raden Saleh And Juan LunaBetween Worlds: Raden Saleh And Juan Luna by Storer, Russell; C. Chikiamco; S.M. Hafiz (Eds.)

National heroes and enigmatic figures, 19th-century painters Raden Saleh and Juan Luna traversed the colonial territories of Southeast Asia and the imperial cities of Europe. Their agile navigation of these competing positions resulted in dramatic paintings that are today animated as allegories of anti-colonialism in their respective homelands of Indonesia and the Philippines. Published on the occasion of an exhibition at National Gallery Singapore, this catalogue features over a hundred full-colour image plates of their works: from sweeping Orientalist hunting scenes to gritty Realist portrayals of the working class. Essays and biographical timelines examine each artist's practices, as well as frame them within the cultural and social dynamics of the 19th century.

Axis Mundo: Queer Networks In Chicano L.AAxis Mundo: Queer Networks In Chicano L.A by Chavoya, C. Ondine; David Evans Frantz

Working between the 1960s and early 1990s, the artists profiled in this compendium represent a broad cross section of L.A.'s art scene. With nearly 400 illustrations and ten essays, this volume presents histories of artistic experimentation and reveals networks of collaboration and exchange that resulted in some of the most intriguing art of late 20th-century America. From "mail art" to the rise of Chicano, gay, and feminist print media; the formation of alternative spaces to punk music and performance; fashion culture to the AIDS crisis-the artists and works featured here comprise a boundary-pushing network of voices and talents.

Gods In Color: Polychromy In The Ancient WorldGods In Color: Polychromy In The Ancient World by Brinkmann, Vinzenz; R. Dreyfus; U. Koch-Brinkmann

When Renaissance artists sought to imitate ancient sculpture, their medium of choice was pure, white marble, but little did they know that the works they emulated were originally painted in dazzling and powerful hues-from red ocher and cinnabar to azurite and malachite. By illustrating painted reconstructions of well-known sculptures in relation to original examples, this volume reveals how ancient artists in Egypt, Mesopotamia, the Aegean, Greece, and Rome brought unexpected and breathtaking color to their artworks. Accompanying these reproductions are watercolors of Greece's landscapes dating from different years, which show how our perception of ancient art has changed over time.

Radical Women: Latin American Art, 1960-1985Radical Women: Latin American Art, 1960-1985 by Farjardo-Hill, Cecilia; Andrea Giunta

Amidst the tumult and revolution that characterized the latter half of the 20th century in Latin America and the US, women artists were staking their claim in nearly every field. This wide- ranging volume examines the work of more than 100 female artists with nearly 300 works in the fields of painting, sculpture, photography, video, performance art, and other experimental media. A series of thematic essays, arranged by country, address the cultural and political contexts in which these radical artists worked, while other essays address key issues such as feminism, art history, and the political body.

Elements: The Art Of Make-Up By Yasmin HeinzElements: The Art Of Make-Up By Yasmin Heinz by Heinz, Yasmin; Jess Henley

One of the world's most renowned makeup artists, Yasmin Heinz works at the cutting edge of fashion. From photo shoots to runway shows and from music videos to advertising, Heinz's expertise is in demand by photographers, designers, and celebrities alike. This sumptuous volume of her most striking creations is divided into sections that echo the universe's four elements: earth, air, fire, and water. Chosen from Heinz's vast archive, and featuring renowned illustrators and artists, the images in this book reveal her extraordinary skills-whether adding contour to a beautiful face, or completely transforming another. Weaving together the best of fashion, beauty, and photography, this irresistible volume shows that makeup can be an exciting form of art.