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Nothing To ValueNothing To Value by Carl Cheng Chi Ming

This monograph, complied by the artist himself, documents all projects done from 2006 to 2014 with dialogues between artists and scholars, philosophy and art critique written by professors, art critics and artists. Nothing to Value ambitiously questions the destructive nature of human civilization such as the development of urbanity, capitalism, communication and technology. Carl Cheng Chi Ming is one of the most active contemporary Hong Kong artist who is widely known for his large scale site-specific installations.

Hong Kong/ China Photographers Eight: Julian Lee By Calvin HuiHong Kong/ China Photographers Eight: Julian Lee By Calvin Hui by Hui, Calvin

Movie stars from the 80s, from gay icon to decadent abandon; lonesome gaze on strangers and encounters; nude male a la Michelangelo; religious objects of spiritual redemption and desire; meditative landscapes after the photographer's cancer. A perfumed gala of visual senses from the Mishima look of Zhang Yi Mou to a phallic memento mori. The 102 photos in this retrospective transform the gallery into an empire of sensuality that defines the obsession of Julian Lee.

Image & Illusion: Video Works From The Yokohama Museum Of ArtImage & Illusion: Video Works From The Yokohama Museum Of Art by

Image & Illusion: Video Works from the Yokohama Museum of Art explores this very contradictory nature of image-making through the works of five artists: Peter Coffin, Takashi Ishida, Lyota Yagi, Tadasu Takamine and Tsai Charwei. While their practices span across a diverse range of concerns, their works reveal how they negotiate with the subtleties of image-making and their reception, each seeking to expand possibilities of representation form the very structures of the image itself. The discipline of animation, film, painting, performance, sound and multimedia coverage in this selection of video works, and here, the medium of video is a critical channel for the artists to articulate new dimensions of thinking about the complexities o the contemporary global condition today. Image & Illusion is a co-curatorial partnership with the Yokohama Museum of Art. This exhibition catalogue features the highlighted artists' works in the museum collection and two curatorial essays.

Afterimage: Contemporary Photography In Southeast AsiaAfterimage: Contemporary Photography In Southeast Asia by

Afterimage: Contemporary Photography from Southeast Asia is a survey of the photographic practices of thirteen artists that expand the medium's field of operations as art, visual language and social practice. Using the photographic image to articulate a range of concerns related to the idiosyncratic cultural, social, political and alternative histories of Southeast Asia, these artists trace links to national and transnational iconographic legacies and shared aspects of the physical landscape. The critical essays and detailed artworks commentaries in this publication explore the commonalities and antimonies between artists, and map the ways geographic proximity informs contemporary photographic narratives produced in the region. Afterimage is an essential tool for scholars of Southeast Asian contemporary art and photography.

Time Present: Photography From The Deutsche Bank CollectionTime Present: Photography From The Deutsche Bank Collection by

Time Present: Photography from the Deutsche Bank Collection is the first Deutsche Bank exhibition on international photography and features works from the 1970s to the present day by 28 renowned photographers from regions such as Japan, China, India, Europe, and North and South America. Shedding light on the relationship between photography and time, the exhibition explores the myriad ways that photography has made sense of a changing world while highlighting the various technical, formal, and conceptual methods undertaken to expand the artistic potential of the medium. This fully illustrated exhibition catalogue includes artwork captions and essays by the exhibition curators that address the complexities of seeing, and making images, through the photographic medium.

Still Moving: A Triple Bill On The Image Box SetStill Moving: A Triple Bill On The Image Box Set by

Still Moving: A Triple Bill on the Image is a compendium of three publications, focusing on the nature of the image as explored in the art of photography and new media, seen through three co-curated exhibitions at the Singapore Art Museum. In Afterimage: Contemporary Photography from Southeast Asia, artists use non-traditional photographic techniques to articulate concerns about the cultural, political and social landscapes of the region. In Time Present: Photography from the Deutsche Bank Collection, renowned international artists show the multiple possibilities of photography in history over time. Image & Illusion: Video Works from the Yokohama Museum of Art features new media works that expand their subject matter beyond the limits of the medium and representation. This compendium offers an illuminating perspective on both emerging and established photographic practices internationally. It features over 40 photographers and artists such as Andreas Gursky, Cai Guo-Qiang, Dinh Q Le, Gerhard Richter, Gary-Ross Pastrana, Hiroshi Sugimoto, John Clang, Takashi Ishida, Tadasu Takamine and Yee I-Lann.

Sarong Kebaya: Peranakan Fashion In An Interconnected World 1500-1950Sarong Kebaya: Peranakan Fashion In An Interconnected World 1500-1950 by Lee, Peter

This book traces the history of the costume of Peranakan women; specifically, the sarong, kebaya, and baju panjang. The sarong kebaya is only a starting point, however, for a rich history of language, women, trade, slavery, community formation, and education. Profusely illustrated with a wealth of historical photographs and beautiful images of sarongs and kebayas from a large donation to the Peranakan Museum, as well as those in a private collection, the book will become a valuable reference. Independent scholar Peter Lee has amassed impressive documentation from primary and secondary sources in this highly readable, visually stunning book.

Cleavages Fractures Folds by

Cleavages Fractures Folds debuts Tay Bak Chiang's first-ever complete solo exhibition featuring Chinese ink and pigment works on canvas instead of the traditional rice paper. Merging the historical genre of ink painting on contemporary canvases creates a significant exploration and breakthrough, and Bak Chiang is the first Singapore artist to experiment and successfully present a contemporised style of the traditional 3000-year-old Chinese ink painting through a clever manipulation of ink, pigments, canvases and raw linens. He has developed an innovative technique of using powdered colour pigments to produce distinct texture in traditional Chinese ink painting. This set of works also marks his progressive attempts to move away from representational forms and introduce new perspectives in the portrayal of nature with minimalistic simplicity. Stones, to him, are not lifeless objects, but are bestowed with worldly experiences and personal expressions. This which, he expresses through his unique visual language that is in synch with current contemporary art ideas.

Quaint Quarterly Issue #01: NostalgiaQuaint Quarterly Issue #01: Nostalgia by Gonzalez, Jonathan (Ed.)

Quaint Quarterly is an independent print journal curating curiosities from the four corners of the web. Primarily focused on long-form articles and eye-catching illustrations, all the content is handpicked for readers who want to read challenging and insightful materials in a well-crafted format. This issue, number 01, features the work of thinkers, writers, and artists whose work is heavily influenced by the idea of Nostalgia. From personal blogs to international publications, from opinion pieces to academic papers, from amateur photographers to award-winning painters, the work gathered is a snapshot of all the incredibly thought-provoking content that can be found online and yet does not necessarily reach all constantly-connected people.

Equilibrium: Wong Perng FeyEquilibrium: Wong Perng Fey by Kiwitt, Ronald; Martina Ziesse; Haffendi Anuar

This large format book is a groundbreaking body of work by Wong Perng Fey. Wong Perng Fey (b. 1974, Kuala Lumpur) is an artist that has built his reputation as an experimental and versatile painter. His works are in many prominent public collections. His gestural paintings of figures, nature and natural vistas fluctuate between abstraction and figuration with an acute sensitivity to colours, layers and textures. With writings by Ronald Kiwitt, Martina Ziesse and Haffendi Anuar.

Edward Hopper MasterpiecesEdward Hopper Masterpieces by Ormiston, Rosalind

This glorious book allows the reader to revel in Hopper's most well-known and masterful works; but it also enables you to rediscover the artist, to delve further than the obvious paintings in order to fully understand his motivations, and then to reassess his works in a fresh light. All the while his works are cross-referenced, so you get the most out of the paintings.

Japanese Woodblocks: Masterpieces Of ArtJapanese Woodblocks: Masterpieces Of Art by Robinson, Michael

Woodblock printing is a traditional artistic medium in Japan most renowned for its use in ukiyo-e or 'floating world' prints. Both moving and mesmerising, this medium captures scenes with considerable atmosphere and vibrancy. Beginning with a fresh and thoughtful introduction to Japanese woodblock art, this book goes on to showcase key works by artists such as Katsuhika Hokusai and Ando Hiroshige.

Chinese Ceramics From Paleolithic Period Through The Qing Dynasty by Li Zhiyan, V. L. Bower & He Li (Eds.)

This lavishly illustrated catalogue is a comprehensive historical review of Chinese ceramics covering newly excavated discoveries from the Paleolithic era thousands of years ago to the end of the Qing dynasty in 1911. Throughout China's history there has been an ongoing practice of invention and innovation in the forms, materials, decorations, and functions of ceramics made in China, both for the domestic market and for its ever-growing trade with foreign markets. The creation of ceramic ware holds a special and very important place among the many arts and inventions that characterize Chinese culture, society, and civilization. The product of a ten-year collaboration among eminent American, Chinese, and Japanese scholars, Chinese Ceramics offers a new perspective in interpreting the oldest and one of the most admired Chinese art forms, from its technological aspects to its aesthetic value. The volume includes a chapter on Chinese export ceramics that delves into Chinese trade activities and ceramic wares made for export as well as a chapter about the authenticity of Chinese ceramics, discussing issues related to connoisseurship of this Chinese art. As author He Li writes, "Despite the rich variety of Chinese ceramics around the world, no fully illustrated, photographed survey of a complete history has been attempted in English. [This volume] will convey the excitement of encountering these specially chosen examples for the first time."

Ceramics Of Seduction: Glazed Wares From Southeast AsiaCeramics Of Seduction: Glazed Wares From Southeast Asia by Dawn Rooney

Ceramics of Seduction, Glazed wares from Southeast Asia, provides an opportunity to see and learn about the broad range of wares, mainly glazed produced in kilns located in five countries of present day Southeast Asia; Vietnam, Cambodia, Myanmar, Thailand and Laos.

Eos Art Projects 2010-2013, The by Kerlow, Isaac (Ed.)

The Earth Observatory of Singapore (EOS) ART Projects presents the six projects produced under the sponsorship of the artists' residencies at the Earth Observatory of Singapore between 2010 and 2013. The projects were showcased at the Singapore Art Museum as part of the Unearthed exhibition from March to July 2014. These contemporary artworks are inspired by Earth, earth hazards, and humans living in hazardous areas. The projects were created within an interdisciplinary collaboration between seven artists and Earth scientists. The EOS artists' residencies started in 2010 as an experiment in interdisciplinary collaboration, and were formalized as a program in 2011. The primary motivations behind the EOS artists' residencies were to encourage the active engagement of regional artists interested in sustainable societies, to provide complementary points of view on scientific research, and to explore innovative methods for Earth science outreach.

We Love Little India - Urban Sketchers SingaporeWe Love Little India - Urban Sketchers Singapore by

Join the artists from Urban Sketchers Singapore as they venture down main thoroughfare Serangoon Road, and explore Little India's many side streets, capturing in their sketches the sights, sounds and secrets of this colourful neighbourhood.

Sculpture Square/ Re: Defining SpaceSculpture Square/ Re: Defining Space by

In 1999, history was made when a 130-year-old former chapel at 155 Middle Road became the venue for Sculpture Square, Singapore's first arts centre for contemporary 3D art. Fifteen years and hundreds of exhibitions later, SSQ, as the arts organisation has come to be known, moves on from its historical space to take on a new role in the advocacy of visual arts. This book tells the story of the first 15 years of SSQ, from the time it boldly redefined what an old dilapidated chapel could do, to defining the visual landscape of Singapore.

Boo Sze Yang: The Father by

The Father is a series of oil paintings by renowned Singaporean artist Boo Sze Yang. The series feature 16 portraitures of Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew through his entire political career, and attempts to uncover the complexities of his cult of personality and open up discourse regarding the legacy of Lee Kuan Yew. The works presented are unique to Boo's oeuvre of works, as this series is one of his few that features a human subject matter almost exclusively. By using a distinct brush work reminiscent of those found in his previous Cathedral and The Mall series, Boo constructed images of Lee Kuan Yew as perceived through media outlets, presenting with dignity a man who was pivotal to Singapore's development. The catalogue is accompanied by an essay by the curator, Seng Yu Jin.

Lee Wen At Art Basel Hong Kong 2014 by

This exhibition catalogue will feature the breadth of Lee Wen's works accumulated over the past 20 years of his performance art practice. As Lee's first debut in an international art fair, it presents Lee Wen's most important works, including photographs from his 'Journey of a Yellow Man' series, 'Splash!', 'Strange Fruit', 'Anthropometry Revision', acrylic body prints from 'Anthropometry Revision' and his colour-penciled drawings. A highlight will be his painted photograph 'Yellow on Yellow: Dreamboat' specially created for the exhibition. The catalogue includes an essay 'The Measure of Man' by Dr Adele Tan.

When You Get Closer To The Heart, You May Find Cracks... - Stories Of Wood By The Migrant Ecologies Project by

NUS Museum presents an exhibition featuring encounters and exchanges between the arts and sciences, between practice and research, between the inquiring subject and the object inquired. An interdisciplinary project, "When you get closer to the heart, you may find cracks" is a continued inquiry by the Migrant Ecologies Project into the human relationships to trees, forests and forest products in Southeast Asia - explored in terms of materials, metaphors, magic, ecological resources and historical agency. Beginning with an attempt to trace the origins and stories connected to a teak bed found in Singapore, and set against the macro-context of "cutting of wood" (deforestation) today, the project has evolved into an accumulation of the diverse "aborealities" - connections between the peoples, trees and wood - in Southeast Asia. The exhibition will feature several new woodprint works from artist Lucy Davis alongside works by photographers Shannon Lee Castleman and Kee Ya Ting. Two tales from "Islands after a Timber Boom" comprise an underlying structure to the exhibition, vacillating between Muna Island, Southeast Sulawesi (where early DNA tests have suggested as the origins of the wood from the teak bed) and Singapore island (where Davis has been researching stories of the local entrepot timber industry in and around the Sungei Kadut Industrial Estate). Fragments of iconic woodblock prints from the NUS Museum's collection are also reconstructed as animated shadows which weave in and out of the exhibition. A disappearance of forests in the region sees also a similar disappearance of the various stories of wood with their attendant memories and practices. This exhibition is an attempt to re-member and re-animate these tales.