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Redefining The Archaic: The Art Of Lim Tze PengRedefining The Archaic: The Art Of Lim Tze Peng by Tan Yong Jun

Redefining the Archaic: The Art of Lim Tze Peng is a new comprehensive publication on Lim Tze Peng's life and art. Published in conjunction with the exhibition Redefining the Archaic: The Art of Lim Tze Peng at Artspace@Helutrans, 28 July - 12 August 2018, the book is authored by young historian Tan Yong Jun. The book comprises 11 chapters of study and 200 artwork images covering the different periods of Lim Tze Peng's artistic trajectory.

Wong Keen: Flesh MattersWong Keen: Flesh Matters by

Wong Keen: Flesh Matters is published in conjunction with the exhibition Wong Keen: Flesh Matters at Artspace@Helutrans, 12 July - 22 August 2018. The exhibition charts the latest development in the New York-trained artist's prolific career, which encompasses oil, ink, acrylic, mixed media, and collage works. The book features almost 100 colour illustrations from the artist's Flesh Series, with an essay contributed by Ms. Lee Chor Lin.

Visions Of Sojourns: Paintings Of Ong Kim SengVisions Of Sojourns: Paintings Of Ong Kim Seng by Ong Kim Seng; Ho Sou Ping (Trans); Ma Pei Yi (Ed.)

Visions of Sojourns: Paintings of Ong Kim Seng is published in conjunction with the exhibition Visions of Sojourns: Paintings of Ong Kim Seng at The Arts House, Gallery I, 25 August - 2 September 2018. The book features over 50 colour illustrations and Mr. Ong's detailed discussion of his observations and techniques in tackling different scenes and stylistic devices in watercolour.

Lim Cheng Hoe: Painting SingaporeLim Cheng Hoe: Painting Singapore by Low Sze Wee (Ed.)

Lim Cheng Hoe stands apart from most of Singapore's first-generation artists in many regards. He grew up and was educated in Singapore, and is considered a self-taught artist in the watercolour tradition. His ardour and discipline as a painter merge in his evocative portrayals of light and life in Singapore. In this catalogue, an anthology of out-of-print writings cast the existing body of scholarship on Lim into relief, while newly commissioned essays illumine his practice as a largely self-taught plein-air painter.

Color And Light: The Neo-Impressionist Henri-Edmond CrossColor And Light: The Neo-Impressionist Henri-Edmond Cross by Frank, Frederic; Marina Ferretti-Bocquillon (Eds.)

Inspired by the work of Realist painters such as Gustave Courbet and Francois Bonvin, Henri-Edmond Cross's earliest paintings were compositions in dark, somber colors. Following his involvement with the avant-gardist circle around Georges Seurat, he gradually adopted the Neo-Impressionist technique and began to develop a unique visual vocabulary. After his move to the Mediterranean coast in 1891, Cross's palette became increasingly lighter, resulting in dazzlingly colorful landscapes, genre paintings, and compositions that are overlaid with mythological and allegorical allusions. This volume traces Cross's artistic trajectory through all stages of his prolific career and situates his masterful approach to color and light within the broader context of the European avant-garde of his time. In addition, it examines the painter's anarchist sympathies and the political dimensions of his depictions of utopian sceneries.

Rosetsu: Ferocious BrushRosetsu: Ferocious Brush by Mckelway, Matthew; Khanh Trinh

Born into the family of a low-ranking samurai, Nagasawa Rosetsu (1754-1799) is renowned today as one of the most imaginative artists of early modern Japan. His visually stunning and highly idiosyncratic paintings earned him a place in Japan's Lineage of Eccentrics. This book surveys Rosetsu's art with sixty of his most important paintings, beginning with his earliest works in the realist mode of his teacher Maruyama O- kyo, and ending with his haunting, visionary, and occasionally bizarre final masterpieces. Screen paintings, scrolls, and albums depicting Zen eccentrics, raucous children, ethereal beauties, otherworldly landscapes, and vivacious animals and birds take viewers on a journey through Rosetsu's own travels and into his unbridled imagination.

50 Bauhaus Icons You Should Know50 Bauhaus Icons You Should Know by Strasser, Josef

Founded by Walter Gropius in 1919, the Bauhaus School had an enormous impact on the arts and everyday life. Fifty of the most representative pieces of Bauhaus art and design are presented here in illuminating and engrossing two-page spreads. This book selects the artists, buildings, furniture pieces, theatrical productions, toys, and textiles that epitomize the Bauhaus ideal of uniting form and function. Artists such as Josef Albers, Laszlo Moholy-Nagy, Wassily Kandinsky, and Joost Schmidt are featured along with lesser-known but equally important designers and artists. Anyone interested in the history and accomplishments of the Bauhaus will find much to learn and enjoy in this unique compilation that reveals the movement's range as well as its influence on today's artistic practices.

Why Materials MatterWhy Materials Matter by Seetal Solanki; Liz Corbin

What does it mean to live in a material world, and how do materials of the past and present hold the keys to our future? This book tackles these questions by focusing on various issues that human beings face and by discussing potential materials-related solutions. Through the lens of intriguing projects by designers, artists, makers, and scientists, it presents a colorful panoply of ideas, technologies, and creative efforts that focus on the earth's most basic elements, while also showing how these elements can be transformed into entirely new materials. It explores, for example, how ancient practices such as dyeing fabric and making glue may hold the secret to renewable and earth-friendly consumer products, as well as how recycling plastics can tackle food waste, and how a type of light metal being developed may one day make air travel less fuel-reliant. This book also investigates the potential of the digital experience, suggesting how this most ephemeral type of matter can be used to improve our world. Eye-catching and provocative, Why Materials Matter serves as both a stimulating catalog of possibilities and a timely manifesto on how to consume, manufacture, and design for a better future.

Dialogue With The Ancients: 100 Bronzes Of The Shang, Zhou And Han Dynasties - The Shen Zhai CollectionDialogue With The Ancients: 100 Bronzes Of The Shang, Zhou And Han Dynasties - The Shen Zhai Collection by Kwok, Patrick K.M. (Ed.)

Introductory Offer - 20% off till 1st December 2018. Dialogue with the Ancients showcases 100 ancient Chinese bronzes from the Collection of Shen Zhai, the Studio of Reverence. Built over four decades, the Collection covers almost all types of bronze vessels found in the entire span of Shang, Zhou and Han Dynasties, circa 1600 BC-AD 220. It is lavishly illustrated, capturing the beauty of the bronzes, with the majority featured in actual size. Each piece is documented in detail, with reference to comparable specimens and archaeological findings. Uniquely, the Catalogue includes several series of objects in chronological sequence; this enables the reader to study the evolution of form, design and technology throughout the three dynasties. Opening with the Editor's essay on his personal journey in forming the Collection, the volume brings together six thought-provoking essays that contribute refreshingly to the scholarship on ancient Chinese bronzes and early China. Dr Tianlong Jiao places the Shen Zhai Collection within the historical context of bronze collecting and modern Chinese archaeology. Prof Eugene Wang offers a thesis on the Hu vessel as the embodiment of life-affirming energies. Prof Li Feng makes a case for 'archaism' as a divergent tradition in Western Zhou. Prof Allison Miller fleshes out the new hybrid style and iconography of Han bronzes, which gave form to an all-inclusive imperial imagination. Two iconic bronzes with animal motifs stand out: the double-headed owl zun and the gilt-bronze bear figure. Dr Wang Tao delves into the symbolism of the owl in early China, highlighting the significance of the Shen Zhai owl zun, which he traces to the transition from late Shang to early Western Zhou. Ms Sarah Wong examines the Shen Zhai bear and discusses the mythological roots of the bear motif in Han bronzes. This will serve as a valuable reference book on ancient Chinese bronzes.

England, My England: A Magnum Photographer's Portrait Of EnglandEngland, My England: A Magnum Photographer's Portrait Of England by Chris Steele-Perkins

Chris Steele-Perkins, internationally acclaimed and award-winning Magnum photographer, has collected over 40 years of images which encapsulate what it means to be English. These natural and authentic photographs are a personal selection of the best and most important of Chris's images that he has taken over 40 years of photographing in England.

Let's Draw! SingaporeLet's Draw! Singapore by Low, Don; James Tan & Lisa Huang Li Shan

Let's draw! Singapore is an initiative to record Singapore's neighbourhoods by compiling artworks from 61 contributors. Three sketchbooks were circulated amongst participating sketchers where each person had one week to sketch a personal experience of their choice. Their works take us through our neighbourhoods where we live, work or grew up in.

Asia Pacific Breweries Foundation Signature Art Prize 2018Asia Pacific Breweries Foundation Signature Art Prize 2018 by

The Asia Pacific Breweries (APB) Foundation Signature Art Prize is a triennial celebration of the best in contemporary art from Asia Pacific and Central Asia. Inaugurated by the APB Foundation and the Singapore Art Museum in 2008, it recognises the most outstanding examples of contemporary art produced in the preceding three years. This year, the fourth edition of the prize features 113 nominated works, put forward for consideration by 38 nominators from 46 different countries, territories and regions, with Central Asia being included for the first time. An international jury selected 15 finalists from the list of nominated works, which are included in the exhibition, and from which four prize winners are chosen. The works foreground new material and conceptual trajectories in contemporary art-making, and speak to the myriad social, historical and cultural complexities of Asia today. This catalogue features an introductory essay, as well as personal statements from the finalist artists and nominators.

LostLost by Zaheera Hashim

When his older brother, Alif, abruptly leaves home and never returns, Sol is left to watch his mother withdraw into a world he can no longer enter. As they search for each other in their respective worlds, they reminisce their common past, realizing eventually what it is that they've lost. As one story unfolds after another they finally meet, or do they? Lost is filled with the author's own illustrations, colourful and haunting at the same time. They convey the often unspoken half, drawing the reader to conclusions of his own. The third dimension of the book is its typographical design, words have been purposefully emphasized and de-emphasized to heighten the reader's reading experience.

Origins Of Visual Culture In The Islamic World, The: Aesthetics, Art And Architecture In Early IslamOrigins Of Visual Culture In The Islamic World, The: Aesthetics, Art And Architecture In Early Islam by Mohammed Hamdouni Alami

In 10th century Iraq, a group of Arab intellectuals and scholars known as the Ikhwan al-Safa began to make their intellectual mark on the society around them. A mysterious organisation, the identities of its members have never been clear. But its contribution to the philosophy, art and culture of the era?and indeed subsequent ones?is evident. In the visual arts, for example, Hamdouni Alami argues that the theory of human proportions which the Ikwan al-Safa propounded (something very similar to those of da Vinci), helped shape the evolution of the philosophy of aesthetics, art and architecture in the 10th and 11th centuries CE, in particular in Egypt under the Fatimid rulers. By examining the arts of the Fatimids, focusing on painting and architectural works such as the first Fatimid mosque in al-Mahdiyya, Tunisia, Hamdouni Alami offers analysis of the debates surrounding the ethics of the appreciation of Islamic art and architecture from a vital time in medieval Middle Eastern history, and shows their similarity with aesthetic debates of Italian Renaissance.

Buddhist Pilgrim-Monks As Agents Of Cultural And Artistic Transmission: The International Buddhist Art Style In East Asia, Ca. 645-770Buddhist Pilgrim-Monks As Agents Of Cultural And Artistic Transmission: The International Buddhist Art Style In East Asia, Ca. 645-770 by Wong, Dorothy C.

The period ca. 645-770 marked an extraordinary era in the development of East Asian Buddhism and Buddhist art. Increased contacts between China and regions to both its west and east facilitated exchanges and the circulation of ideas, practices and art forms, giving rise to a synthetic art style uniform in both iconography and formal characteristics. The formulation of this new Buddhist art style occurred in China in the latter part of the seventh century, and from there it became widely disseminated and copied throughout East Asia, and to some extent in Central Asia, in the eighth century. This book argues that notions of Buddhist kingship and theory of the Buddhist state formed the underpinnings of Buddhist states experimented in China and Japan from the late seventh to the mid-eighth century, providing the religio-political ideals that were given visual expression in this International Buddhist Art Style. The volume also argues that Buddhist pilgrim-monks were among the key agents in the transmission of these ideals, the visual language of state Buddhism was spread, circulated, adopted and transformed in faraway lands, it transcended cultural and geographical boundaries and became cosmopolitan.

Oil Paintings Of Lee Man-Fong, TheOil Paintings Of Lee Man-Fong, The by Low, K.C.; Ho Kung-Shang (Eds.)

Lee Man Fong (1913-1988) was a prominent artist based in Indonesia and Singapore. Primarily working with oil paintings, Lee was associated with the Nanyang style, which blends Chinese techniques and subjects with Western composition styles and mediums.

Shifting Currents: Glimpses Of A Changing NationShifting Currents: Glimpses Of A Changing Nation by Kouo Shang-Wei (Photo.) & Zhuang Wubin

Shifting Currents: Glimpses of a Changing Nation is the first book to present a significant collection of Kouo Shang-Wei's most arresting images from his lifetime of photography.

Artist Speaks, The: Georgette ChenArtist Speaks, The: Georgette Chen by Lee, Joanna, Sara Siew

Through wars and revolutions, triumph and tragedy, loves lost and enduring, Georgette Chen forged an artistic vision that till today continues to enchant and inspire, and that renders her one of Singapore's most prominent artists. Chen's remarkable story is told here through her very own words, selected from an extensive archive spanning five decades. Together with her paintings, they constitute a compelling portrait of the artist's gentle spirit. The Artist Speaks series presents an intimate look at artists through their words and works, tracing the ideas, influences and experiences - as told by artists themselves - that constitute a vision.

Kandy Esala Perahera: A Photographic JourneyKandy Esala Perahera: A Photographic Journey by Nadija Weeraratne (Photos)

The Esala Perahera in Kandy is one of the oldest and grandest of all Buddhist festivals in Sri Lanka, featuring dancers, jugglers, musicians, fire-breathers, and lavishly decorated elephants. This labour of love by Nadija Weeraratne is a compilation of beautiful photographs of the pageant taken over a period of eleven years.

Retrographic: History's Most Exciting Images Transformed Into Living ColourRetrographic: History's Most Exciting Images Transformed Into Living Colour by Carroll, Michael

Through the careful selection of striking images and dedicated colourization research, Retrographic will take you on a visual tour of the distant past. Many of these moments are already burned into our collective memory through the power of photography as shared by people across the 177-year long Age of the Image. And now, these visual time capsules are collected together for the first time and presented in living colour. Littered with informative gems and a powerful narrative that bounces themes of conflict, exploration, progress, regression, culture and hope across the Age of the Image, Retrographic is the ultimate celebration of human civilization's most impactful medium.