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Decoding IndonesiaDecoding Indonesia by Widjaja, Sendy

This book, richly illustrated with 168 paintings by Erica Hestu Wahyuni, is about the journey of Indonesia as a country. Using art philosophy, it considers the historical journey from the perspectives of sociology, psychology, arts and business. Trilingual in English, Bahasa Indonesia, and Chinese.

South East Asia Spaces Of The Curatorial Raume Des KuratorischenSouth East Asia Spaces Of The Curatorial Raume Des Kuratorischen by Ute Meta Bauer; Brigitte Oetker (Eds.)

The curatorial challenges of working in Southeast Asia are explored in the new Jahresring journal, an annual series of interdisciplinary, discursive readers. Southeast Asia is experiencing accelerated global visibility and strong nation- and institution-building. Given this dynamic, how do curators engage with the intricacies of each place? How do they respond to the specificities of a location in the context of the international art world? The diversity of voices in this issue mirrors the complexity of the region itself: its various curatorial spaces, infrastructures and political systems. What emerges is a highly diverse art system that shifts away from traditional formats to embrace new or alternative platforms from symposia to fieldwork with the aim of emphasizing curating as a process of critical thinking that goes beyond presentations and representations. Featured contributors include Ute Meta Bauer, Zoe Butt, Kevin Chua, Patrick D. Flores, Gridthiya Gaweewong, Tony Godfrey, Yin Ker, Eileen Legaspi-Ramirez, Seng Yu Jin, Simon Soon, Nora A. Taylor David Teh.

Becoming PalmBecoming Palm by Gill, Simryn; Michael Taussig

Becoming Palm is the outcome of a conversation between two friends, artist Simryn Gill and anthropologist Michael Taussig, addressing the complexities of palm oil and "the enormous transformations, human, and ecological, that this crop engenders" (Taussig) in two disparate geographical locations, Southeast Asia and South America.

Phulkari: The Embroidered Textiles Of Punjab From The Jill And Sheldon Bonovitz CollectionPhulkari: The Embroidered Textiles Of Punjab From The Jill And Sheldon Bonovitz Collection by Mason, Darielle (Ed.)

Exquisite and labor-intensive, phulkari ("floral-work" or "flower-craft") embroideries were originally produced by women in towns and villages across the greater Punjab from at least the early 19th century into the first decades of the 20th. Phulkaris were made from brightly colored silk thread on rough, earth-toned fabric. Focusing on a group of nineteen stunning works from the collection of Jill and Sheldon Bonovitz, this exhibition surveys the genre's fascinating history. This is the first publication outside South Asia specifically on this art form. It also offers significant new information on the craft and its importance to personal, familial, and regional identity in the past and the present.

Epic Tales From Ancient India: Paintings From The San Diego Museum Of ArtEpic Tales From Ancient India: Paintings From The San Diego Museum Of Art by Sardar, Marika (Ed.)

Exploring the topic of narrativity in Indian art, this beautiful and deeply researched book considers illustrations to the Bhagavata Purana, the Ramayana, the Ragamala, and a range of texts in the Persian language, notably the Shahnama. Featuring stunning reproductions of paintings made between the sixteenth and nineteenth centuries from the Edwin Binney 3rd Collection at The San Diego Museum of Art, the publication includes thorough and fascinating explanations of the narrative of each text, including how that narrative is visually conveyed. Essays examine why these particular stories are so enduring, why patrons may have chosen to have a copy of a particular text made for their own collections, and how artists responded to the challenge of creating new versions of venerable classics.

Age Of Empires: Art Of The Qin And Han DynastiesAge Of Empires: Art Of The Qin And Han Dynasties by Zhixin Jason Sun

The first in-depth exploration of the artistic and cultural achievements of China's "classical" era Age of Empires presents the art and culture of China during one of the most critical periods of its history - the four centuries from 221 B.C. to A.D. 200 - when, for the first time, people of diverse backgrounds were brought together under centralized imperial rule that fostered a new and unified identity. Over 150 works from across the full breadth of Chinese artistic and decorative media - including ceramics, metalwork, textiles, armor, sculpture, and jewelry - are featured in this book. Essays by leading scholars, accompanied by dazzling new photography of the objects, address the sweeping societal changes underway, and trace a progression from the early, formative years through unprecedented sophistication and technical accomplishment-embodied in an artistic legacy that reverberates in China's national identity to this day.

Tomas Saraceno: Arachnid Orchestra. Jam SessionsTomas Saraceno: Arachnid Orchestra. Jam Sessions by Ute Meta Bauer & Anca Rujoiu (Eds.)

This is an inter-species encounter between arachnids and anthropos mediated by sound. This audio publishing project is conceived as a continuation and circulation of internationally acclaimed artist Tomás Saraceno's eponymous exhibition at NTU Centre for Contemporary Art Singapore in 2015. Exploring the arachnids's sophisticated mode of communication through vibrations, Saraceno developed several instruments that were able to amplify the vibrations of spiders, rendering them audible to other species. Various instruments, ranging from strings to percussion, were incorporated into the artist's exhibition at NTU CCA Singapore, and used within a series of Jam Sessions between arachnids and musicians.

ReminiscenceReminiscence by Ang Ah Tee

This volume was published in conjunction with the exhibition "Reminiscence" held at the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts in 2013. With an essay by Bridget Tracy Tan.

Spirit Of Bhutan, The: An Artist's VisionSpirit Of Bhutan, The: An Artist's Vision by Ang Ah Tee

This volume was published in conjunction with the exhibition "The Spirit of Bhutan: An Artist's Vision" by Cultural Medallion-winner Ang Ah Tee. Ang Ah Tee started exploring a new form of expression in his works after his sixth solo exhibition in 1993, and his works have developed into semi-abstraction, combining western elements with Chinese ink brush strokes.

Wong Keen: A Creative Life UnfurledWong Keen: A Creative Life Unfurled by Ma Peiyi

This book was published in conjunction with an exhibition that featured over 30 exhibits in different media by Wong Keen. Wong Keen (b. 1942, Singapore) grew up in a Chinese literati environment and was a highly acclaimed teenage painter in the early Singapore art scene. His departure for the Art Students League of New York in 1961 marked him as the first Singaporean to venture into the flourishing post-war American art scene. Wong Keen's unique body of work, which encompasses oil, ink, acrylic and collage since the 1960s to the present, is a powerful embodiment of the elegant expressivity of Chinese ink wash aesthetics and Abstract Expressionism.

Brief History, A: The Development Of Chinese Calligraphy In SingaporeBrief History, A: The Development Of Chinese Calligraphy In Singapore by Tan Yong Jun

This book was published with an exhibition that celebrated the cultural journey of early Chinese calligraphers in Singapore. Featuring calligraphy pieces, including oracle, seal, clerical, walking and cursive scripts, by Singapore's pioneer artist-educators Chan San Sheh, Tsue Ta Tee, Pan Shou, and See Hiang To, among others, the essay and exhibits attest to the fluent styles mastered and handed down by these early calligraphers and their significant contribution to Singapore's cultural heritage.

Works Selected By Lim Tze PengWorks Selected By Lim Tze Peng by

Published in conjunction with a retrospective exhibition of Lim Tze Peng; his first after a career spanning nearly 70 years. The selections are taken mainly from Lim Tze Peng's own collection augmented by a number from Mr Ong Teng Huat's. Almost all of them were being shown to the public for the first time and are regarded as among the best examples of his life's work.

My Watercolour StoryMy Watercolour Story by Chew, Marvin

Marvin Chew is a professional watercolour artist and former Vice-President of the Singapore Watercolor Society, who is actively involved in many exhibitions and competitions, both locally and internationally. He usually paints in a semi-realistic, impressionist style, using transparent watercolors that highlight the play of lights and shades, using spontaneous, bold brushstrokes which imbues the energy of Chinese calligraphy in his works.

Andy Warhol: Born Under A Dark StarAndy Warhol: Born Under A Dark Star by Fogle, Douglas (Ed.)

From soup cans to car crashes, the early work of Andy Warhol is reconsidered in this illustrated collection of essays from a wide variety of scholars, writers, and artists. Illustrated throughout with a wide ranging series of illustrations of Warhol's famed and lesser known works, this collection brings into clearer focus the artist's personal struggles to make sense of the world he inhabited.

Playground Of My MindPlayground Of My Mind by Jacquette, Julia

Through her richly detailed paintings featuring imagery drawn from advertisements, New York-based artist Julia Jacquette addresses the challenges of navigating the contemporary media landscape that so directly influences our sense of personal identity and self-worth. Exposing our seemingly insatiable longing for a life that is purely a construct of the advertising industry, Jacquette's work focuses on commercialized objects of desire: prepared meals drawn from 1950s cookbook illustrations, ornate interiors of the wealthy sampled from contemporary lifestyle magazines, shimmering swimming pools extracted from luxury ad campaigns. These material trappings are presented, often close up, in works that convey the pervasiveness of such evocative imagery.

Present Is Ancient, The Ancient Is Down, ThePresent Is Ancient, The Ancient Is Down, The by Moshayedi, Aram

What challenges does exhibiting a work pose to the inherent muteness of objects? How do artists choose to speak on behalf of inanimate artifacts and byproducts of material culture and the natural world? This volume coincides with an exhibition that examines these questions and is organized around the idea that objects possess narrative histories that the conventions of display can only, at best, approximate. The book is illustrated with works by Darren Bader, Kasper Bosmans, Carol Bove, Andrea Büttner, Jason Dodge, Haris Epaminonda, Iman Issa, Hassan Khan, Antonio Vega Macotela, Jill Magid, Dave McKenzie, Christodoulos Panayiotou, and others.

Walker EvansWalker Evans by Cheroux, Clement (Ed.)

Walker Evans was one of the most important American photographers of the 20th century. His focus on everyday life in America, in both urban and rural settings, makes him also one of the most relatable. This retrospective volume traces Evans' career through more than 300 images-from his first photographs of the late 1920s to his Polaroids of the 1970s. Organized thematically, the book examines topics such as Evans' relationship with the impresario Lincoln Kirstein, his work in postcards and magazines, and his lifelong exploration of the American vernacular.

Passport Book, ThePassport Book, The by Velsen, Nicola Von (Ed.); Philipp Hontschik (Text)

This highly entertaining, fact-filled book reproduces the passport covers of every single country that issues its own travel document. It clearly illustrates how varied passports can be, despite the guidelines established by the International Civil Aviation Organization. Arranged by continent, each country's entry includes a full-color reproduction of its passport cover as well as brief information, including its location on the world map, flag, population, population density, political status, GDP and per capita income, official languages, and visa index. In an increasingly globalized world in which a passport has become one of the most important credentials we possess, this compendium conveys the symbolic power of these documents, and the fascinating stories behind their designs and development.

HolgaHolga by Kenna, Michael

The celebrated contemporary photographer Michael Kenna presents a gorgeous new collection of images, all photographed with plastic Holga cameras. Michael Kenna is internationally renowned for producing evocative black-and-white images of nature and the urban environment. However, some of Kenna's more quirky, whimsical, and unpredictable images have been photographed with inexpensive, hand-held, plastic Holga cameras. These cameras generally produce relatively low fidelity images, with marked vignetting. Despite their low-tech origin, these refined and artful photographs bear the hallmarks of Kenna's brilliant work.

Pieter Hugo: Between The Devil And The Deep Blue SeaPieter Hugo: Between The Devil And The Deep Blue Sea by Beil, Ralf; Uta Ruhkamp (Eds.)

A comprehensive survey of the acclaimed photographer Pieter Hugo and his mesmerizing work, this book features images from each of his major series throughout his prolific career. Pieter Hugo's images are unflinching and unforgettable. Beginning with "Looking Aside," his series of portraits of marginalized people, Hugo has striven to capture the African continent with empathy and impartiality. Whether confronting the aftermath of genocide in Rwanda, documenting electrical waste dumps in Ghana, or photographing in Nigeria's dynamic film industry, Nollywood, Hugo treats his subjects with reverence and awe.