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A new research book has been published by the National Gallery of Singapore. It contains essays on Southeast Asian art by 25 scholars.


An Introduction: Low Sze Wee

Address of Art: Vicinity of Region, Horizon of History - Patrick D. Flores

  1. When Was Modernism? A Historiography of Singapore Art - Kevin Chua
  2. The 19th-Century "Origins" of Singapore Art - Kwa Chong Guan
  3. Colonial Art as a Space of the Asian Modern - John Clark
  4. The Javanese Painter Raden Saleh (c. 1811-1880): A Star in the Firmament of Indonesian Modern Visual Art - Marie-Odette Scalliet
  5. Towards a History of the Asian Photographer at Home and Abroad: Case Studies of Southeast Asian Pioneers Francis Chit, Kassian Cephas and Yu Chong
    Gael Newton
  6. Pre-war (1886-1941) Art Activities of the Chinese Communityin Singapore through a Narrative Framework of Diasporic Bonds - Yeo Mang Thong
  7. A "Forgotten" Art World: The Singapore Art Club and its Colonial Women Artists
    Yvonne Low
  8. Balinese Modernism - Adrian Vikers
  9. The Birth of Tine Art' in Southeast Asia, 1900-1945 - Ushiroshoji Masahiro
  10. Conditions of Freedom, Contingencies of Art - Patrick D. Flores
  11. The Transition of Thai Traditional Art to Modern Art in the 1950s and 1960s
    Somporn Rodboon
  12. Landscape Painting in Indonesia: Continuity and Change in President Sukarno's Collection
    Susie Protschky
  13. Conflict and Denial: The Discourse of Identity in Indonesian Art, 1950s-1980s
    Aminudin TH Siregar
  14. Lim Hak Tai Points a Third Way: Towards a Socially Engaged Art by the Nanyang Artists,
      - Seng Yu Jin
  15. The Woman and the Vista: Intimate Revolt of the Cultural Left
    Simon Soon
  16. Cultural Wars in Southeast Asia: The Birth of the Critical Exhibition in the 1970s
    Seng Yu Jin
  17. Reading Conceptual Art in Southeast Asia: A Beginning - T.K. Sabapathy
  18. The Singapore Contemporary and Contemporary Art in Singapore
    C.J.W.-L. Wee
  19. Continuity and Change: Vietnamese Art in the Age of Doi Mdi
    Nora A.Taylor
  20. Unpacking the Legacy of an Exceptional Artist from Myanmar: Bagyi Aung Soe (1923-1990)
    Yin Ker
  21. Emergencies: History and the Auto-Ethnographic Impulse in Contemporary Cambodian Art -
    Ashley Thompson
  22. Rhetorical Postures and the Photographic Condition: A Minor Malaysian Detour - Adele Tan
  23. Undoing the Global: Contemporary Art of Singapore - June Yap
  24. Drafting History: Meditation on Location, Institutions and Myth-Making in Visual Arts in Postcolonial Singapore - Venka Purushothaman
  25. Metonym and Metaphor, Islands and Continents: Reflections on Curating Contemporary Art from Southeast Asia  - Lee Weng Choy

Figures 1.1 to 25.5

Notes on the Contributors

The book is available from the NGS shop and through their website - click here.


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