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Joseon Korea: Court Treasures And City LifeJoseon Korea: Court Treasures And City Life by Kan Shuyi; Charlotte Horltyck; W. Kim; D Low Et Al

Published in conjunction with the exhibition of the same name at the Asian Civilisations Museum, the book explores the exuberant culture of Korea's Joseon dynasty (1392-1897) through lavish costumes, painted screens, ceramics, scrolls, furnishings, and ritual wares. The objects, all borrowed from National Museums in Korea, include luxuries of the royal court, elegant furnishings for scholar-officials, and images and objects for spiritual sustenance. This profusely illustrated catalogue provides a perfect introduction to Joseon culture and art.

Transcend: 50 Years Of Singapore Modern ArtTranscend: 50 Years Of Singapore Modern Art by Liu, Iola; Seng Yu Jin & Tan Ping Chiang

This art catalogue is published in conjunction with the exhibition - Transcend - 50 Years of Singapore Modern Art, showcased at Visual Arts Centre from 28 June to 11 July 2017. The catalogue presents essays and a timeline documenting the development of Modern Art in Singapore from 19th Century to 1988, written by Iola Liu, Seng Yu Jin and Tan Ping Chiang, and features the biographies and selected artworks of twelve second-generation Singaporean artists who were integral in propelling a Modern Art movement from 1960s to 1980s. The artists featured are: Chieu Shuey Fook, Choy Weng Yang, Ho Ho Ying, Leo Hee Tong, Lim Leong Seng, Low Puay Hua, Swee Khim Ann, Sim Pang Liang, Tan Ping Chiang, Tay Chee Toh, Thang Kiang How and Thomas Yeo.

Yayoi Kusama: Life Is The Heart Of A RainbowYayoi Kusama: Life Is The Heart Of A Rainbow by Storer, Russell (Ed.)

Accompanying the first major survey of Yayoi Kusama's work in Southeast Asia, this catalogue explores the captivating work of one of the world's most influential artist. It features essays by curators from National Gallery Singapore and Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art, a biographical timeline, and beautifully reproduced images of her paintings, sculptures, collage, performances, video works and installations.

Yesteryears by Cham, Sean

Yesteryears captures 50 abandoned and forgotten buildings in Singapore through a series of in situ self-portraits. The buildings photographed are in different states of ruination, from the crumbling roofs of Istana Woodneuk to the soon-to-be demolished Rochor Centre. These buildings represent the modern ruins of post independence Singapore, an era that lives not only with progress but also the fleeting ruins left in its wake. In a city that is ever modernizing and growing, there is barely any room for the ruin. Buildings that are deemed obsolete will be torn down to make way for something bigger and butter. But in the face of the storm called progress, as German philosopher Walter Benjamin expounded in 'Thesis on the Philosophy of History', it is important to retain our historical consciousness. Yesteryears does this not through monuments, or officially sanctioned heritage spaces, but through the more minor, often forgotten ruins created by an ever-changing Singapore.

Sanyu Catalogue Raisonné: PrintsSanyu Catalogue Raisonné: Prints by Wong, Rita

In the 1930s, Sanyu was the first Chinese artist to work with Western intaglio printing techniques. Trained in traditional Chinese calligraphy, seal-engraving and lacquer furniture-making, intaglio printmaking was a natural extension of his artistic output. Without the distractions of material and color, Sanyu's prints essentialized his preference for simplicity. Following the publication of the catalogue raisonnés of oil paintings, sculptures, drawings and watercolors, Rita Wong has compiled SANYU Catalogue Raisonné: Prints. This volume presents all forty-two of Sanyu's known prints, most of which have not been seen before.

Arts Of Southeast Asia From The Soas Collection, TheArts Of Southeast Asia From The Soas Collection, The by Farouk Yahya (Ed.)

Beautifully illustrated, this book highlights a variety of material relating to Southeast Asia drawn from the rich collections of SOAS University of London. With a wide chronological span, they are diverse in nature, comprising manuscripts (written on bark, palm leaves and paper), textiles, sculptures, metalwork and paintings, and re?ect the variety of religions, cultures and languages to be found across this vast area. The objects come from Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar (Burma), the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam, and range in date from circa 1000 BCE to the present day.

Tang Shipwreck, The: Art And Exchange In The 9Th CenturyTang Shipwreck, The: Art And Exchange In The 9Th Century by Chong, Alan; Stephen A. Murphy (Eds.)

This book tells the story and presents the objects found on the Tang Shipwreck, discovered off Belitung Island in Indonesia in 1998, and now housed at the Asian Civilisations Museum in Singapore. It is one of the most significant archaeological discoveries of recent times. Found at the site was a remarkable cargo of some 60,000 Chinese ceramics dating from the Tang dynasty (618-907), along with finely wrought gold and silver objects, bronze mirrors, and more ordinary objects belonging to the crew. The ten essays in this profusely illustrated volume discuss the ceramics and other commodities on board, the ship's construction and possible origin, China's maritime trade in the Tang period, Chinese ceramic production, ports of call in Asia and Southeast Asia, and life on board the ship.

Thai Art: Currencies Of The ContemporaryThai Art: Currencies Of The Contemporary by Teh, David

Since the 1990s, Thai contemporary art has achieved international recognition, circulating globally by way of biennials, museums, and commercial galleries. Many Thai artists have shed identification with their nation; but "Thainess" remains an interpretive crutch for understanding their work. In this book, the curator and critic David Teh examines the tension between the global and the local in Thai contemporary art. Writing the first serious study of Thai art since 1992, he describes the competing claims to contemporaneity, as staked in Thailand and on behalf of Thai art elsewhere.

Charting Thoughts: Essays On Art In Southeast AsiaCharting Thoughts: Essays On Art In Southeast Asia by Low Sze Wee; Patrick D. Flores (Eds.)

A constellation of thoughts by 25 established and emerging scholars who plot the indices of modernity and locate new coordinates within the shifting landscape of art. These newly commissioned essays are accompanied by close to 200 full-colour image plates.

Shanghai: Art Of The CityShanghai: Art Of The City by Knight, Michael And Dany Chan

This stunning art, culture and history book profiles China's most prolific and dynamic city. Lavishly illustrated, this oversized book features 128 oil paintings, Shanghai deco furniture and rugs, revolutionary posters, works of fashion, movie clips and contemporary installations. These artworks, drawn mainly from the collections of the Shanghai Museum, the Shanghai Art Museum, the Shanghai City History Museum and the Lu Xun Memorial Hall, include the most significant visual documents of the city's rich and ever-changing culture.

Tomb Treasures: New Discoveries From China's Han DynastyTomb Treasures: New Discoveries From China's Han Dynasty by Xu, Jay (Ed.)

This stunning Chinese art book presents almost a hundred recently unearthed objects that offer a glimpse into the extraordinary wealth and artistic accomplishments of elite society during the Western Han Dynasty (206 BCE - 9 CE). These exquisite treasures are from newly discovered sites in the Jiangsu region of China and are made of gold, silver, jade, bronze, pottery, lacquer, and other refined materials. Masterworks include a full-length jade suit sewn with gold threads, an oversized coffin shrouded in jade, and a complete set of functional bronze bells. The book's texts explore a number of ideas about life and death of Western Han royalty.

Yayoi Kusama: Infinity MirrorsYayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors by Mika Yoshitake (Ed.)

This book explores Yayoi Kusama's best-known and most spectacular series - the Infinity Mirror Rooms - and its influence on the course of contemporary art over the past 50 years. World-renowned Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama has worked in a variety of media, including painting, sculpture, performance art, and installation. Kusama's iconic Infinity Mirror Rooms, which originated with Phalli's Field in 1965, situate viewers in kaleidoscopic spaces filled with multicolored lights or whimsical forms. These mirror-lined installations reflect endlessly, distorting rooms to project the illusion of infinite space. Over the years, the works have come to symbolize different modalities within the various contexts they have inhabited, from Kusama's "self-obliteration" in the Vietnam War era to her more harmonious aspirations in the present. By examining her early unsettling installations alongside her more recent ethereal atmospheres, this volume aims to historicize the body of work amidst the resurgence of experiential practices within the global landscape of contemporary art. Generously illustrated, this publication invites readers to examine the series' impact over the course of the artist's career. Accompanying essays, an interview with the artist, and a scholarly chronology round out the book.

Striking Patterns: Global Traces In Local Ikat FashionStriking Patterns: Global Traces In Local Ikat Fashion by

Ikat refers to the originally Indonesian art and technique in which warp or weft threads, or both, are tie-dyed before weaving the fabric, creating complex patterns on handwoven textiles. Since time immemorial, master weavers in eastern Indonesia and Timor-Leste have embraced ideas and motifs from elsewhere and integrated them in their own designs. Striking Patterns takes readers into the world of a handicraft that is beloved of both laypeople and experts. Ikat is practiced primarily in Indonesia, India, and Central and South America, and its techniques have continuously developed over the course of centuries. Foreign influences were absorbed and creatively integrated into local patterns. The main objects of research in this volume are works by female master weavers from eastern Indonesia and Timor-Leste, whose fabrics reflect not only fashion and modernity but also aspects of globalization.

101 Danish Design Icons101 Danish Design Icons by Lars Dybdahl (Text)

Denmark has long loomed large in international design history. Today, Danish furniture, textiles, home appliances and utensils from the 1960s and '70s are more popular than ever, for sale at design galleries and a rarity at flea markets. This publication provides an extensive overview of those everyday objects that have to this day written design history both in Denmark and worldwide. Among the design classics included are the Carlsberg lager label, the Dursley-Pedersen bicycle, the PH lamp, Dansk Standard cutlery, the Beolit 39 radio, the Spoke-Back Sofa, the Flag Halyard Chair, Kobenstyle kitchenware, the Nilfisk vacuum cleaner, LEGO, the Trinidad stacking chair and ECCO shoes.

Treasures Of Asian Art: The Asia Society Museum CollectionTreasures Of Asian Art: The Asia Society Museum Collection by Leidy, Denise Patry; A. Proser; M. Yun

Reflected in the holdings of Asia Society, this book shows how contemporary artists from Asia and the diaspora have responded to seismic shifts in sociopolitical, economic, and cultural conditions. The book groups artworks to emphasize the strengths of the collection and to allow for broader discussion of the connections between historic and contemporary art. Lavishly illustrated, this book acknowledges the enormous transformations that have taken place in Asian cultures, while also commemorating the continent's magnificent contributions throughout the history of art.

50 Modern Artists You Should Know50 Modern Artists You Should Know by Weidemann, Christiane

Starting with James Abbott McNeill Whistler and ending with Matthew Barney, nearly every prominent figure in Modern art is represented in vibrant double-page spreads that show how these artists redefined norms and challenged tradition. Fascinating biographical and anecdotal information about each artist is provided alongside large reproductions of their most celebrated works, stunning details, and images of the artists themselves.

Impressionism: The Art Of LandscapeImpressionism: The Art Of Landscape by Westheider, Ortrud; Michael Philipp (Eds.)

This magnificently illustrated book draws on the latest scholarly research to reveal new perspectives on the techniques and influences of Impressionist landscapes. This breathtaking survey takes a multi-faceted approach in its study of 90 seminal works of Impressionist art. The book features contributions by six leading scholars who examine a wide range of themes, from the use of repetition and variation to the ecological climate in which the artists worked. The book also explores the influence of modern poetry and photography on the creation of these paintings. With beautiful reproductions from the masters, including Monet, Pissarro, Sisley, and Renoir.

Egon Schiele: LandscapesEgon Schiele: Landscapes by Leopold, Rudolf

Best known for his depictions of the human form, Schiele was also interested in portraying the beauty and structure of the world he inhabited. In fact, Schiele's paintings of the countryside and his native Vienna comprise a large proportion of his body of work. Nearly one hundred of the artist's landscapes are exquisitely reproduced in this handsome book and presented alongside photographs of the scenes he depicted, taken from the vantage point of the original works.

100 Great Street Photographs100 Great Street Photographs by David Gibson

Over the past few decades, the long tradition of street photography has been wholly transformed by the proliferation of digital cameras, the Internet, and smartphones. A new generation of photographers have embraced this modern technology to capture the world around us in a way that is un-staged, of-the- moment, and real. Exploring this rich seam of emergent and exciting street photography, the 100 photographs featured in this book are presented on double-page spreads along with commentary about the work and its creator.

Big Picture, The: Contemporary Art In 10 Works By 10 ArtistsBig Picture, The: Contemporary Art In 10 Works By 10 Artists by Israel, Matthew

Written in an engaging, straightforward style by prominent art historian Matthew Israel, this book presents ten outstanding examples of contemporary art, each with significant historical or cultural relevance to contemporary art's big picture. Drawn from the fields of photography, painting, performance, installation, video, film, and public art, the works featured here combine to create a bigger picture of the state of contemporary art today. From Andreas Gursky's large-scale color photograph Rhine II to Kara Walker's acclaimed installation in the Domino Sugar Factory in Brooklyn, each work is carefully explored within the larger perspective of its social and artistic milieu.