Retrospective: A Historiographical Aesthetic In Contemporary Singapore And Malaysia by Yap, June
Developed as an exploratory study of artworks by artists of Singapore and Malaysia, Retrospective attempts to account for contemporary artworks that engage with history. These are artworks that reference past events or narratives, of the nation and its art. Through the examination of a selection of artworks produced between 1990 and 2012, Retrospective is both an attribution and an analysis of a historiographical aesthetic within contemporary art practice. It considers that, by their method and in their assembly, these artworks perform more than a representation of a historical past. Instead, they confront history and its production, laying bare the nature and designs of the historical project via their aesthetic project. Positing an interdisciplinary approach as necessary for understanding the historiographical as aesthetic, Retrospective considers not only historical and aesthetic perspectives, but also the philosophical, by way of ontology, in order to broaden its exposition beyond the convention of historical and contextual interpretation of art. Yet, in associating these artworks with a historiographical aesthetic, this exposition may be regarded as a historiographical exercise in itself, affirming the significance of these artworks for the history of Singapore and Malaysia.
Singapore Biennale 2016: An Atlas Of Mirrors Catalogue by Singapore Art Museum
The fully illustrated catalogue for the Singapore Biennale 2016 - titled 'An Atlas of Mirrors' - presents artworks by 63 artists and artist collectives from Southeast, East and South Asia. Forging the literal and metaphorical characteristics of the atlas and mirror into a prismatic instrument of vision and thought, this fifth edition of the Singapore Biennale draws on diverse artistic viewpoints that trace the migratory and intertwining relationships within the region, and reflect on shared histories and current realities with wider Asia. The Biennale artworks - which include several new commissions - are organised under nine subthemes, each with its own introductory essay by one of the nine Biennale curators. The publication also features curatorial texts on each of the artworks, an introduction by Creative Director Dr Susie Lingham and essays by John N. Miksic, Joan Kee and Michelle Lim.
Reading Chinese Painting: Beyond Forms And Colors, A Comparative Approach To Art Appreciation by Law Suk-Mun, Sophia
With fascinating commentary and beautiful artwork this Chinese art history book allows readers to better interpret and understand traditional Chinese painting. Applying a comparative approach to Chinese and Western art, this art book examines the characteristics of traditional Chinese art and analyses the distinction between figure painting and portraiture. It examines the scenery in Chinese landscape painting and the sense of poetry within the paintings of flowers and birds so that the reader comes to understand the unique essence of Chinese art and is gradually led towards the evanescent world of spiritual abstraction displayed in Chinese painting. The development of Chinese painting is based upon the pursuit of the conceptual sense (yijing) found in traditional Chinese philosophy and classical literature. Confucianism determined the content of the development of painting and Daoism guided the concept of aestheticism within that development. In the history of Chinese art, every painter who made a contribution was also moral philosopher who sought the realms of the spirit. It would be no exaggeration to say that traditional Chinese painting is a "higher art" that has the functions of both civilizing the person and cultivating the mind. It is not simply a creation designed to satisfy the visual sense or to express individual emotion. It has always been harmonious, tranquil and restrained.
Reframing Modernism: Painting From Southeast Asia, Europe And Beyond by Lee, Sarah; Sara Siew
What is modernism in Southeast Asia? What is modern art, as embodied in the paintings of Southeast Asia? These questions and more are answered in Reframing Modernism: Painting from Southeast Asia, Europe and Beyond, published in conjunction with the exhibition of the same name. Featuring 217 works, in full colour, by 51 Southeast Asian and European artists, from the Centre Pompidou and National Gallery Singapore, as well as other Southeast Asian collections in the region and beyond, this catalogue tells the compelling story of modernism as it developed across continents, and reveals artists' powerful, and sometimes surprising, responses to modernity.
Painted Ceramics: Contemporary Treasures By Jingdezhen's National Masters From The Lamda Foundation by Zhou, Edward (Trans.)
This catalogue is published to coincide with the UMAG exhibition Painted Ceramics: Contemporary Treasures by Jingdezhen's National Masters from the Lamda Foundation. This exhibition introduces Jingdezhen as a manufacturing site for artefacts and it focuses on individual talents and the fame of a few master craftsmen, as well as their history and the uninterrupted production of unique high-quality porcelain objects of inherent beauty. The mastery and endurance of individual painters has left us an array of vessel shapes, compositions and iconographic subject matter that is, at times, both historic and contemporary. Displayed for the first time in public, these forty-four artworks by thirty-eight ceramicists represent the strength and ability of Jingdezhen's artistic community through changing times.
Artist And Empire: (En)Countering Colonial Legacies by Low Sze Wee (Ed.)
Organised by National Gallery Singapore in association with Tate Britain, Artist and Empire: (En)countering Colonial Legacies critically examines the effects of the British Empire through the prism of art. This catalogue accompanying the exhibition underscores the thought-provoking ways in which artist and Empire each affect the other-artists negotiating historical conditions of colonialism in their work, visual representation altering perceptions of the Empire. Essays by exhibition curators and external scholars situate the concept of Empire within broader socio-political discourse, while selected key artworks from the exhibition are paired with curatorial text that illumines concerns underpinning the works. A comprehensive, pull-out timeline spanning the 16th to 20th centuries charts the scope of activities undertaken in the name of the Empire, and contextualises the pursuits of artists from former colonies.
National Gallery Singapore: Art Spaces by Ang, Pauline
Situated in Singapore's two national monuments, the building of National Gallery Singapore balances the need to create a distinct identity for the art spaces with a simultaneous celebration of architectural, cultural and historical significance, telling a story of competition, challenges, preservation and innovation.
Spirit Carvings Of The Mah Meri Of Malaysia by Crowe, Peter
Over the years the Mah Meri have become noted for producing extremely fine spirit carvings made out of wood sourced from the mangroves. This book contains photographs of an extensive collection of some of these Mah Meri masks and sculptures. Apart from a brief history of the Mah Meri and the background to their spiritual beliefs, this book also delves into the background of the carvers who produced these works of art, historically and up to the present. There are now an increasing number of international collectors of these works of art. This affords the Mah Meri an opportunity to earn a living at a time when they, in common with other groups of Orang Asli, find their lifestyle coming under increasing threat from outside influences. Spirit Carvings of the Mah Meri seeks to preserve the designs of the carvings produced by this talented people.
Black And Red: The Art Of Pak Samad by Dinsman, Chan Yong Sin
Pak Samad is a much celebrated Malaysian poet, writer and activist. He is also an unassuming modern artist who has had a few solo exhibitions under his belt at a number of important art venues over the years. His works, mostly ink drawings and paintings on paper expressed in the abstract and expressionist idiom, reflect his private thoughts and observations on life, capturing the intense moments in socio-political situations or events which he has become an ardent participant in recent years. The exhibition showcases more than 40 piece of ink on paper works selected from the private collection of Helmy, Pak Samad's son who is also entrusted with the publication right of his huge body of literature since 2003.
Toba Khedoori by Sirmans, Franklin; Lisa Gabrielle Mark
This book documents the artistic development of Toba Khedoori, a MacArthur "Genius" Award recipient who skillfully combines precise draftsmanship with a meditative quality, and who manages to invite viewers inside her works, despite their two-dimensionality. Whether drawing on sheets of paper primed with wax and stapled directly onto the wall or using canvas as physical support, Khedoori creates delicate compositions that are at once intimate and expansive. Over the past decade, she has shifted toward smaller-scale works while continuing to engage elements of drawing, painting, and installation.
Rouge by Kenna, Michael
One of the world's most acclaimed photographers working exclusively in black-and-white, Michael Kenna has traveled the world to create stunning, magical images of nature and manmade objects. Long out of print, Rouge has been brought back to life with a spectacular new design, an authoritative essay by art historian James Steward, and many previously unpublished images that were part of the original series. As the city of Detroit struggles to reclaim its heritage as an American commercial and artistic hub, these photographs resonate more than ever with the stark realities and hidden beauty of the industrial landscape.
Andrew Rogers: Rhythms Of Life - A Global Land Art Project by Langen, Silvia
For the past 16 years Andrew Rogers has been building enormous stone structures called geoglyphs on all seven continents around the world. Designed to be seen from above, these magnificent creations have a global purpose-to form a set of connected drawings on Earth visible from space, embracing the cultural heritage of all civilizations. This book includes stunning ground-level, aerial, and satellite photography. From the peaks of Nepal to the Bolivian Andes; the granite monoliths of Sri Lanka to the volcanic expanses of Iceland; the frigid ice caps of Antarctica to the sweltering desert sands of the African Savannah-each of the 51 geoglyphs was built using local materials and conceived of with the help of local workers, archaeologists, and ethnologists.
Time Of The Force Majeure, The: After 45 Years Counterforce Is On The Horizon by Harrison, Helen Mayer; Newton Harrison
Since the 1970s Helen and Newton Harrison have been creating art inspired by the earth. They established a worldwide network among biologists, ecologists, architects, urban planners, politicians, and other artists to initiate collaborative dialogues about ideas and solutions which support biodiversity and community development. This definitive survey traces an influential joint career that has lasted nearly half a century.
Cubism - Constructivism - Form Art by Husslein-Arco, Agnes; Alexander Klee (Eds.)
This volume presents for the first time the fundamental artistic circumstances from 1900 onward that led to the emergence of nonobjective art. The individual artists, such as Franti?ek Kupka, and particular movements, such as the Viennese Secession, Prague Cubism, and Viennese Kineticism, can be reinterpreted based on observations that reveal the connections between the art and artists of the monarchy on the Danube.
Modern Masters: 'Degenerate" Art At The Kunstmuseum Bern by Frehner; Matthias; Daniel Spanke (Eds.)
As a result of the Nazi regime's scorn for modern art, virtually all non-traditional art between 1933 and 1945 was banned in Germany on the grounds that it was un-German, Jewish, or Communist in nature. Those identified as "degenerate" artists were dismissed from teaching positions and forbidden to exhibit or to sell their works. This book sheds light on the historical significance and provenance of nearly 525 works by modernist greats, such as Picasso, Chagall, and Kandinsky, which were acquired by the Kunstmuseum Bern through a combination of auctions and private donations. It also details the dramatic events and unprecedented efforts that went into preserving invaluable works of art.
50 Contemporary Photographers You Should Know by Heine, Florian; Brad Finger
This globetrotting collection of contemporary photographers and their work is a great way to become familiar with the wide variety of techniques and styles embraced by the medium. Organized chronologically by year of birth, each photographer is introduced in double-page spreads that feature reproductions of their work and a perceptive and concise appreciation of their life and career.
Photos That Changed The World (Updated Edition) by Stepan, Peter (Ed.)
In lavish two-page spreads, this book presents nearly one hundred of history's most memorable photographs - from the Wright Brothers' first flight to the bombing of Pearl Harbor, from Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream" speech to Nelson Mandela's release from prison, and from the inauguration of President Barack Obama to the Syrian refugee crisis. The volume features pictures from photography masters such as Lewis Hine, Dorothea Lange, Yousuf Karsh, Diane Arbus, and James Nachtwey, as well as iconic images from lesser-known and unknown photojournalists.
Vasily Kandinsky by Friedel, Helmut; Annegret Hoberg (Eds.)
This generously illustrated volume displays Vasily Kandinsky's brilliant use of color, shape, and composition through approximately 250 full-color illustrations. Essays by the world's leading Kandinsky experts focus on the evolution of his work throughout all periods of his career. The book's design allows for a thorough examination of Kandinsky's most important works in all their extraordinary detail. Accessible, impeccably researched, and wide-ranging, this important volume offers an indispensable overview of the artist's seminal works and a tribute to the beauty and power of Kandinsky's vision.
Year In Art, A: A Painting A Day by
Featuring an attractive new format and a selection of the best of the first two volumes in the A Year in Art series, this book includes 365 works of art, from Renaissance paintings to modern art masterpieces, from Medieval art to Picasso, and from Russian icons to Chagall. This book also serves as a perpetual calendar and opposite the color illustrations there is plenty of space to record birthdays, anniversaries, and other important dates as well as personal notes and reflections.
Great Works: Encounter With Art by Glover, Michael
Every Saturday for the best part of a decade, thousands of people have been turning to the pages of the British newspaper The Independent to read Michael Glover's thoughts about a particular piece of art. Pithy, astute, erudite, often humorous, and always engaging, these enormously popular essays are filled with compelling and entertaining observations as well as trenchant commentary about art, history, culture, and humanity. Collected for the first time in book form, this selection of 50 essays-a number of which have been exclusively written for this volume-is organized in an unexpected manner, allowing readers to see connections and juxtapositions between works. All the texts are accompanied by full-color illustrations of the work in focus.