Islam: Art And Architecture by Hattstein, Markus; Peter Delius (Eds.)
This book follows the historical development of the Islamic dynasties and regions, showing the variety of their forms of artistic expression from the beginning until today. From decorative elements of buildings to calligraphy and the embellishment of everyday objects, ornamentation, that most characteristic Islamic art form, is displayed in an extraordinary rich range of ways. The contributions of important scholars bring to life before our very eyes this culture, which belongs next to Greek and Roman antiquity as one of the pillars of our modern society.
Chinese Art Book, The by Gregory, Danny
The Chinese Art Book is a beautifully presented, authoritative and unprecedented overview of Chinese art. The book examines the art of the oldest continuous civilization on Earth through 300 works, from the Neolithic period to the new generation of contemporary artists enlivening the global art world today. Every form of Chinese visual art is featured - including painting, calligraphy, sculpture, ceramics, figurines, jades, bronzes, gold and silver, photography, video, installation and performance art. Concise descriptive essays place each work in context, and cross-references lead the reader on a fascinating journey through Chinese art history.
Residue by Heijnen, Marcel
This is photography. No double exposures or Photoshopping; just pure photography. Asia-based Dutch artist Marcel Heijnen has developed a simple yet unique method to capture and present an alternate visual reality of our world using just a camera and an untreated clear glass panel. He roams Asia's urban centres to find weathered walls, places a large glass pane in front of them, and then waits for the light to hit nearby buildings just so. For a fleeting moment, he can capture their reflections while the patina of the wall behind it steals through. Two realities collapsed into one in a single moment.
Transpose: Contemporary Ink Paintings By Koon Wai Bong by Ting Wing Yan, Vivian (Ed.)
In collaboration with the Museum of East Asian Art, Koon Wai Bong, the Hong Kong ink artist, establishes an introspective exploration that presents his unique vision of contemporary ink art. The well-established artist, Koon, has been immersed in the tradition of brush and ink, while remaining open to artistic media and notions from various cultures. To mediate different notions about aesthetics and creative practices, Koon builds an interesting dialogue with the museum collection and looks into traditional aesthetics, literati values, and formal expressions of Chinese art. The dialogues enable the artist to review his own notion of contemporary ink works and how one might become enriched by the repository of Chinese cultures. This illustrated book explores Koon's artistic reflections on the museum collection and his artistic achievements in the wider context of contemporary ink painting through essay and text by local art historians, curators, and critics.
Harmony: Synergy Between Tradition & The Contemporary Chinese Calligraphy And Seal Engraving by Lau, Daniel C.K.
The concept of harmony has always resonated through every aspect of China's long cultural history. In this collection, Dr Daniel CK Lau continues and extends the tradition in an innovative, contemporary vein. The large-scale calligraphic installation 'Harmony (cat. no. 1)' provides the vehicle for an exploration of script styles ranging from ancient to modern times. Through this work and others from the past decade, Lau strives to integrate past and present to create a fresh aesthetic with its roots in tradition.
Art Of Sukumar Bose, The: Reflections On South & Southeast Asia by Purushothaman, Venka (Ed.)
To commemorate the centenary of artist Sukumar Bose (1912-1986), this book attempts to take an incisive look at the artist, his works and the context of his art production in South and Southeast Asia. Bose's art varied from the traditional to the decorative and ornamental, with a hint of he Oriental flavour. His incisive observations of life, people and cultures, during colonial and postcolonial India and his later sojourn into Southeast Asia, emerge as both a contested yet seamless narrative of history and hope in his art.
My Hong Kong by Roberts, Mark J.
Watercolour artist Mark J. Roberts has lived in Hong Kong for more than 30 years; for 10 of those years, he has worked on a single project that has culminated in My Hong Kong. A collection of pastoral landscapes and coastal scenes from around Hong Kong, each of the works is imbued with a sense of movement rarely seen in traditional Western watercolours. Setting Roberts further apart is his use of layered washes and varied tonal values, which bring a hint of Far Eastern culture and history to the works - and add poignancy to their views of a city's fading vistas.
Homebound by Kwan, Kc
Homebound takes you on a journey through the veins of the 'dark side' of Kowloon as seen through KC Kwan's lens. The journey starts on the bus from Chai Wan, takes you along the busy markets in Mong Kok, invites you to dine at a dai pai dong, peeps into the lives of the girls of the night and encounters the junkies. Then there is the blue moment - a silence when the creatures of the night go quiet but the day ones haven't awoken yet. Eventually the sun bursts through the darkness and energises the streets back to the hustling and bustling life again.
Hong Kong Waters by Andreas Muller-Pohle
Hong Kong Waters, the most recent completed work by Berlin-based media artist Andreas Müller-Pohle, represents an entirely new approach to depicting the essence of the city. Working over a two-year period, Müller-Pohle captured Hong Kong in photographs and video from the perspective of its surrounding waters half below and half above the water s surface. The result is a fresh, hitherto unseen depiction of an Asian megalopolis. Müller-Pohle manages to show the complex personalities of this seaside city, and leads the viewer from the dense, concrete forest of the high-rises of Central, across the exotic Hollywood seascape of Aberdeen, to the wilderness of the remote islands unknown to most.
Parallel Visions: Japan And Korea Contemporary Photography by Lam, Bigi (Ed.)
Five female Japanese photographers each finds her own way to come to terms with oneself and drifts between personal realities and the crude reality of the world - a reflection of the state of mind of the younger generation of Japan today. Eight Korean photographer s showcase the unique 'literariness' in contemporary Korean photography - paradoxical ideas, poetic but contradictory semiotics, and sometimes fictional literary style, leading the audience to contemplate upon the truth underlying the apparent truths.
Hong Kong / China Photographers Seven - Alfred Ko By Yeung Yang by Ko, Alfred (Ed.)
Even after more than three decades of pursuing his art, Alfred Ko's passion for his city and country has only grown deeper. His photographic works have evolved in step with Hong Kong's political and social development, enabling the totality of his works to describe the full arc of the city's life in the contemporary age. This book presents Ko's works since 1978 in six chronological series entitled 'homecoming', '1984', 'the blues', 'nocturne', 'claustrophobia', and 'agoraphobia'. The arrow of time marks Ko's engagement with the creation of historical memory - memory as history, history as memory. He loyally records the development of places, freezing moments of time and space in a state of serenity, yet laden with richness of content and context that is revealed as one ponders his works.
Huang Rui: The Stars Period 1977-1984 by Huang Rui (Ed.)
Huang Rui: The Stars Period is one of a very few books to be published about late-1970s avant garde art in China - and it certainly stands as one of the most extensive and insightful statements on this important genre ever attempted. Illustrated with images of more than 200 works by Huang Rui plus more than 200 archival photographs, the book goes on to describe the Stars Group, which pioneered many of the themes and techniques in Chinese contemporary art. Essays by important scholars and critics such as Wu Hung, Lü Peng and Shu Yang give additional context for this exciting period in Chinese artistic and cultural history spanning from 1977 to 1984. A number of the pictures, invitations, and magazines related to the exhibitions and events discussed in this book are newly rediscovered archival materials and are republished here for the first time.
Singapore Biennale 2013: If The World Changed by
Singapore Biennale 2013 features the works of 82 artists and artist collectives from the Southeast Asian region and beyond, with a 27-member curatorial team who, with their combined expertise, have harnessed the unique energies of Southeast Asia to shape the region's premier contemporary art exhibition. This fully illustrated catalogue features curatorial write-ups on each of the 82 artworks, an introduction by art historian T. K. Sabapathy and an essay by Amitav Acharya. Shedding light on the collaborative curatorial process, the publication also includes creative textual and visual responses by the 27 curators that offers a cross-section of their diverse perspectives, strategies and approaches in curating "If the World Changed".
Decoration & Symbolism In Chinese Architecture by
Decoration and Symbolism in Chinese Architecture provides the specialist knowledge to unlock the hidden meanings behind the decorative symbols and architectural designs found in historic Chinese buildings in Singapore. Written by experts in the field and accompanied by beautiful photographs, this book brings to light the beliefs, values, aspirations and world views of the pioneers who constructed the landmark buildings that nestle below Singapore’s modern skyline today.
Reactions - New Critical Strategies: Narratives In Malaysian Art Volume 2 by Nur Hanim Khairuddin; Beverly Yong Et Al
Narratives in Malaysian Art Volume 2: Reactions - New Critical Strategies looks at the ways in which Malaysian artists have responded to socio-political events that have taken place in Malaysia, and also at the changing approaches and attitudes in art-making over the past 45 years. Featuring leading critical voices in Malaysian art from the 70s to the 90s, to those of a younger generation of artists, writers and researchers, this volume captures something of the underlying urgency and passion that have informed the development of contemporary Malaysian art and artistic practice. Contained within this volume are polemical tracts by artists and art groups, existing and newly commissioned essays, as well as interviews with artists, and excerpts from seminal exhibition texts.The volume is also illustrated with black-and-white and colour documentation of over 100 art works and events.
Mandala Coloring Book, The: Inspire Creativity, Reduce Stress, And Bring Balance With 100 Mandala Coloring Pages by Gogarty, Jim
Free your mind with these enlightening mandala designs! For centuries, mandalas have provided an elevated level of guidance to those seeking peace, inspiration, and a deeper connection to the world around them. Now, with The Mandala Coloring Book, you can use these sacred circles to help you find tranquility and balance in your life.
My Big Book Of Art And Illusion by Vry, Silke
With dozens of beautiful reproductions and an engaging, informative text, this children's book is a fascinating look at artistic illusions through the ages. From mural paintings dating back to Pompeii through examples from nearly every modern movement, Silke Vry shows how artists fool their audiences with visual tricks, puns and hidden clues. In addition, she shows kids how to entertain their friends with optical projects they can create at home. For the curious young reader, this compelling book will provide hours of amusement and wonder.
Wong Keen by Ma Peiyi
Widely recognised as the first Singaporean artist to have forayed into the field of Abstract Expressionism, Wong Keen's works, with their unique and enthralling visual poetics, have captured the hearts and imaginations of critics and collectors both locally and abroad. This publication brings together unique and highly accomplished series of works by Wong Keen over almost six decades, including technical and thematic explorations of the nude and the lotus, one-off series of abstract ink compositions, mixed-media works, travel series and self-portraits, which to date have remained relatively underexposed and understudied.
Thai Transience by
Thai Transience showcases paintings, sculptures, photographs, installations and videos by leading Thai artists. Inspiration behind these pieces are drawn from traditional artefacts and art objects from local museums and religious sites within Thailand, showing how Thai contemporary artists continue to create new expressions responding to their heritage and faith. This exhibition catalogue offers a unique perspective of Thai art-making that traverses the categories of traditional, modern and contemporary art, from both emerging and senior Thai contemporary artists such as Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Araya Rasdjarmrearnsook, Bussaraporn Thongchai, Chokchai Tukpoe, Chusak Srikwan, Dow Wasiksiri, Imhathai Suwatthanasilp, Kamin Lertchaiprasert, Panya Vijinthanasarn, Phatyos Buddhacharoen, Rikrit Tiravanija, Thawan Duchanee and Yuree Kensaku. A suitable publication for both researchers and art lovers, Thai Transience is also an ideal reference tool for exploring the art of Southeast Asia.
Robert Mapplethorpe: Polaroids by Wolf, Sylvia
Critically praised for his finely modeled and classically composed photographs, Robert Mapplethorpe remains intensely controversial and enormously popular. This book brings together almost 300 images from the Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation's archive and private collections. The images include self-portraits, figure studies, still lifes, portraits of lovers and friends and observations of everyday objects. Marked by a spontaneity and creative curiosity, these fragile images offer an illuminating contrast to the glossy perfection of the work for which Mapplethorpe is best known, allowing us a more personal glimpse of his artistry.