Art

Featured Titles
Singapore Biennale 2019: Every Step In The Right DirectionSingapore Biennale 2019: Every Step In The Right Direction by Singapore Art Museum

The Singapore Biennale 2019 exhibition catalogue features the works of 77 artists and artist collectives from the Southeast Asian region and beyond. Titled Every Step in the Right Direction, the Singapore Biennale 2019 invites participation through the act of artistic exploration, drawing on the importance of making choices and taking steps to consider current conditions and the human endeavour for change. The fully illustrated catalogue includes curatorial write-ups on each of the artworks, the curators' field notes and guest essays by Binna Choi, Mi You and Ranjit Hoskote.

Narratives In Malaysian Art Volume 4: PerspectivesNarratives In Malaysian Art Volume 4: Perspectives by Nur Hanim

Narratives in Malaysian Art is a four-volume publication in progress, comprising republished texts, essays, and interviews on the development of visual art in Malaysia. This is volume 4 of the series.

Living With Ink: The Collection Of Dr. Tan Tsze ChorLiving With Ink: The Collection Of Dr. Tan Tsze Chor by Cheong, Conan (Ed.)

Living with Ink: The Collection of Dr Tan Tsze Chor accompanies an exhibition of the same name at the Asian Civilisations Museum (ACM). The book presents highlights from the Xiang Xue Zhuang Collection of Singapore's renowned art collector Dr Tan Tsze Chor, including paintings by modern Chinese masters Ren Yi, Xu Beihong, and Qi Baishi; as well as works borrowed from other institutions and private collectors made by artists in Singapore in the 1930s through the 1980s, when Dr Tan was building his collection. Since 2000, the Tan family has donated to ACM over 130 treasured Chinese paintings, porcelains, and scholars' objects from this collection. Living with Ink explores, through essays by Conan Cheong, Lee Chor Lin, Kuo Huei-Ying, how Chinese art was appreciated by networks of overseas Chinese collectors and philanthropists, giving you a glimpse into the Singapore art world in the turbulent 20th century. Full colour illustrations of all the artworks displayed in the exhibition are included.

Suddenly Turning Visible: Art And Architecture In Southeast Asia (1969-1989)Suddenly Turning Visible: Art And Architecture In Southeast Asia (1969-1989) by Shabbir Hussain Mustafa; Seng Yu Jin

In 1981, the Filipino artist and curator Raymundo Albano adopted the expression "Suddenly Turning Visible" to describe the rapid transformation of Manila's urban landscape. The visibility that Albano evoked was aspirational, driven by a desire for rapid economic growth in which art had a critical role. This catalogue traces this story through three influential art institutions: the Cultural Center of the Philippines, the Alpha Gallery in Singapore and the Bhirasri Institute of Modern Art in Bangkok. It presents in rich detail artworks from the period, an anthology of primary documents and interviews with curators, artists and architects, revealing the links between architecture, modern art and the role of institutions in Southeast Asia.

Wartime Artists Of Vietnam: Drawings And Posters From The Ambassador Dato' N Parameswaran Collection by

Featuring 200 pieces created in a range of mediums, the exhibition at NUS Museum reconsiders the Dato' N. Parameswaran collection of Vietnam War era artworks in terms of the artists and their will to express a personal regard, drawn from conviction, ambivalence, and circumspection. Hailing from diverse backgrounds, many of the North Vietnamese artists served as guerrilla artists in Vietnam's two resistance wars. Despite being tasked to communicate a common struggle and to uplift morale, many of them stepped beyond the battlefield and notions of collective purpose to assert their creativity within the theatre of a seemingly endless conflict around them. The artists' works can also be seen as continuities of the struggle for the modern in periods of political and social disruption. Set against the backdrop of anti-colonial movements, these visual records brought together encounters with French, Chinese and Soviet artistic and political ideas, providing unique insights into the artists' responses to the complicated relationships between art and propaganda.

Spatial Cemetery: A Journey Beneath The Surface Of Hidden Hong KongSpatial Cemetery: A Journey Beneath The Surface Of Hidden Hong Kong by Hk Urbex

This book contains secrets and stories about Hong Kong that have never before been published. Prepare to have your preconceived notions of this bustling Asian financial hub butchered as you journey through crevices, enter hidden portals, clamber over barbed-wire fences, evade security guards and infiltrate derelict structures to travel back in time. Your hosts are an anonymous grassroots squad of explorers who will show you a side of Hong Kong only a specialist minority know about. The HK Urbex crew - a covert collective of urban explorers whose exploits merge archaeology, ethnography, historiography and anthropology - unearth dead zones on the periphery of the city. They invite you to explore haunted schools, rummage through old crime scenes, reconnoitre condemned buildings and uncover the scraps of modernisation which won't be recorded in history books.

Malay Seals From The Islamic World Of Southeast Asia: Content, Form, Context, CatalogueMalay Seals From The Islamic World Of Southeast Asia: Content, Form, Context, Catalogue by Teh Gallop, Annabel

This important reference work describes and analyses the Malay sealing tradition, carefully cataloguing more than 2,000 seals sourced from collections worldwide, primarily seal impressions stamped in lampblack, ink, or wax on manuscript letters, treaties, and other documents, but including some seal matrices made of silver, brass, or stone. These Malay seals originate from the present-day territories of Malaysia, Brunei, Singapore, and Indonesia as well as the southern parts of Thailand and Cambodia, and the Philippines, and date from the second half of the sixteenth century to the early twentieth century. Complete transcriptions and translations of the Jawi inscriptions are provided, bringing the seals to light as objects of literary and art historical analysis, and key resources for an understanding of the Malay Islamic world of Southeast Asia in the early modern period.

Contemporary Indonesian Fashion: Through The Looking GlassContemporary Indonesian Fashion: Through The Looking Glass by Y Royo, Alessandra Lopez

Indonesian fashion has undergone a period of rapid growth over the last three decades. This book explores how through years of social, political, and cultural upheaval, the country's fashion has moved away from "colonial fashion" and "national dress" to claim its own distinct identity as contemporary fashion in a global world. With specific reference to women's wear, Contemporary Indonesian Fashion explores the diversity and complexity of the country's sartorial offerings, which weave together local textile traditions like batik and ikat-making with contemporary narratives. The book questions concepts of "tradition" and "modernity" in the developing world, taking stock of the elite consumption of luxury brands and the large-scale manufacturing of fast fashion, and introduces us to the rise of new trends such as busana muslim (or "modest wear"), creating a portrait of a vibrant and growing national and, increasingly, international, industry.

Just Another Day In ParadiseJust Another Day In Paradise by Yeo, Felix

"The photographs in this book were taken by my late brother, Felix, between 2013 and early 2017. Felix was very passionate in photographing Singaporeans going about their daily lives. Despite his exhausting 12-hour shift at the data centre, he would capture these scenes on his way home from work or on his off-days. Rarely was he seen without his camera when he left home. Within a fraction of a second, Felix's style of capturing Singaporeans was consistently candid. He never interacted with the subjects, never had to make them pose for the camera, and they were usually unaware he had recorded that fleeting moment of their lives. His patient style of gradually blending into the crowd enabled him to highlight their emotions of joy, stress, relief, boredom, sadness, tiredness and of being absorbed in thought. While Felix took each shot individually, the pictures can be enjoyed on its own as a single strong image or even collectively as if going through your own daily routine of working, exercising, shopping, commuting or resting." - Gabriel Yeo, April 2019

Tan Oe Pang - Native SingaporeanTan Oe Pang - Native Singaporean by

This hardcover art book encompasses a diverse array of artworks by Singaporean art practitioner Tan Oe Pang (b.1947). The comprehensive collection of art includes works created from as early as the late 1950s till the later period of 2000s. Over 80 full-colour artwork images are featured, including a wide range of varied mediums such as oil painting, Chinese ink painting, Chinese calligraphy, seal engraving and sculpture.

In Conversation With Tan Oe Pang & Goh Huck Heng In Singapore (Chinese Edition)In Conversation With Tan Oe Pang & Goh Huck Heng In Singapore (Chinese Edition) by Goh Huck Heng; Chng Lee Lee (Trans.)

This is the latest book featuring the art of Singaporean multidisciplinary artist Tan Oe Pang (b.1947). It invites readers to explore Tan's artistic practice through a series of dialogues with author Goh Huck Heng. For the first time, over 50 pieces of selected artworks, including Chinese ink paintings, oil paintings and Chinese calligraphy, were discussed in depth. Art lovers will be able to gain greater insight into Tan's mastery techniques, creative concepts and inspirations behind his works. This is the Chinese edition.

Serve And FServe And F by Loh, Esmond

For some artists, being in the army might be a straitjacket for creativity, but not Esmond Loh. For two years whilst serving in mandatory National Service, he armed himself with his sketchbook and pen, documenting his experience in the form of drawings and notes. Initially intended for personal reflection, this series of over 130 artworks and accompanying inscriptions represents a rare entry point into the often closed and esoteric rite of passage unique to Singaporean males. Keenly observed and underscored with affection and surprising emotional heft, this book details Loh's years in the military in ways that range from the mundane to the dramatic, evocative and downright comedic. Serve And F_______ is the entirely original and earnest result of the grappling of an artist with both the freedoms and limits that come with being in the military.

Of Happiness And BiophiliaOf Happiness And Biophilia by Sim, William; Lush Tan

Central to the concept of this book is the radical 'mu' for tree, a graphic component of a Chinese character that bears a semantic connection to 'tree'. The usage of this radical is to connote a sense of biophilia in the design. The title of the book is an abstract interpretation of the word 'le', a compound character that contains the 'mu' radical at its base and translates to "happiness" in our context. Radiating from this 'mu' radical, twelve other relevant Chinese characters were chosen from over a thousand characters under the same order. Along with 'le', they were assigned a category in the book's content. The thirteen categories work as thematic boundaries for similarly themed artwork to be nested together.

Soo Pieng: Drawings - A Centenary ReflectionSoo Pieng: Drawings - A Centenary Reflection by Koh Seow Chuan; Seah Tzi-Yan

Cheong Soo Pieng (1917-1983) made more than 2,000 drawings in the course of his life's work, from which he produced a large body of major artworks in many expressions. He is now hailed as an important artist of the post-war Chinese diaspora. This book closely examines Soo Pieng's lifetime of drawings from 1943 to 1983, tracing it in tandem with developments of the artist's major works. This is the first detailed study on the drawings of Soo Pieng. It explores the basis for the thousands of drawings he made, many previously unseen in public, and how these are intrinsic to an understanding of his life's work. Both essay and image sections provide fresh insights into the way the artist chose his subjects, drew and re-drew, composing copiously, providing a deeper and more sensitive understanding of his art. Includes 250 artwork images.

Modern Art Of Southeast Asia: Introductions From A To ZModern Art Of Southeast Asia: Introductions From A To Z by Roger, Nelson

Modern Art of Southeast Asia: Introductions from A to Z features 60 concise and accessibly written accounts of the key ideas and currents underlying modern art in the region. These are accompanied by over 250 beautifully reproduced artworks from the collection of National Gallery Singapore, and other public and private collections in Southeast Asia and beyond. The book offers an informative first encounter with art as well as refreshing perspectives, and is a rewarding resource for students.

Homecoming: Chen Wen Hsi Exhibition @ KingsmeadHomecoming: Chen Wen Hsi Exhibition @ Kingsmead by Ma Peiyi (Ed.)

This 96-page exhibition catalogue is published in conjunction with the landmark exhibition Homecoming: Chen Wen Hsi Exhibition @ Kingsmead at 5 Kingsmead Road, Singapore, from 12 April-3 May 2019. 5 Kingsmead Road is the former residence of Singapore pioneer artist Chen Wen Hsi. It is the only private residence that has been marked as a historic site under two categories by the National Heritage Board, specifically culture and community, and art. The exhibition opens this private residence to the public for the first time to showcase two historic mural works created by Chen Wen Hsi in the period of 1959-1964. Around 35 paintings drawn from private collections are also on exhibit inside the house, which offers audience a unique opportunity to view some of the best works created by the artist in his lifetime. This catalogue features around 35 colour plates of Chen Wen Hsi's paintings, an essay on the history of Chen Wen Hsi's former residence and painted murals by Ms. Chow Yian Ping, Lianhe Zaobao Senior Correspondent & former Assistant Director (Programmes and International Relations) and Curator at Singapore Art Museum, an essay on designing for conservation by Ms. Angelene Chan, CEO of DP Architects, and a reproduced essay self-written by Chen Wen Hsi in 1976.

Hua Shuo: Yan Chu Xin Sheng Ju Zi Shen: Tong Zhenshi You Hua Yu Chen Zhirui Shi Ge (The Painting Speaks: Paintings By Tong Chin Sye And Poems By Tan Chee LayHua Shuo: Yan Chu Xin Sheng Ju Zi Shen: Tong Zhenshi You Hua Yu Chen Zhirui Shi Ge (The Painting Speaks: Paintings By Tong Chin Sye And Poems By Tan Chee Lay by Tan Chee Lay; Tong Chin Sye

This hardback publication features a collection of almost 40 ekphrastic poems by award-winning scholar, poet and educator Dr. Tan Chee Lay; each composed in response to a different painting by veteran painter Tong Chin Sye. The book is published in conjunction with the exhibition, The Painting Speaks: Paintings by Tong Chin Sye and Poems by Tan Chee Lay at The Arts House from 4-15 April 2018. The ekphrastic poetry by Dr. Tan Chee Lay relates an interesting literary dimension to appreciating Tong Chin Sye's oil and mixed media paintings (completed mostly between the 1980s-2012). Several paintings capture the street scenes and character of Old Singapore as experienced by Tong Chin Sye, before the rapid onslaught of urbanisation redefined the island. Also included are Tong Chin Sye's paintings of portraits and overseas landscapes, similarly enriched by Dr. Tan Chee Lay's poetry.

Ng Teng Fong Roof Garden Commission: Charles LimNg Teng Fong Roof Garden Commission: Charles Lim by Storer, Russell (Ed.)

This catalogue spotlights the third work in the Ng Teng Fong Roof Garden Commission series, SEA STATE 9: proclamation garden by Singaporean artist Charles Lim. It features a text by curator Adele Tan, alongside full-colour images of the commission and more than 30 species of plants selected to transform the Gallery's roof garden landscape, whose transplantation, adaptation to survive and eventual disposal tell the stories of Singapore's urban and coastal developments.

Ng Teng Fong Roof Garden Commission: Rirkrit TiravanijaNg Teng Fong Roof Garden Commission: Rirkrit Tiravanija by Storer, Russell (Ed.)

Rirkrit Tiravanija has created the second Ng Teng Fong Roof Garden Commission artwork for National Gallery Singapore. Featuring an interlocking bamboo structure with a simple wooden tea house at its centre, this site-specific installation springs from the artist's interest in fostering social engagement and human interaction through art. With homes in Chiang Mai, New York and Berlin, Tiravanija's nomadic life is a constant negotiation of cultures, and a source of inspiration for his practice. This catalogue illuminates this influential artist's fascinating oeuvre through newly commissioned essays and full-colour images of the installation.

In Conversation With Tan Oe Pang & Goh Huck Heng In SingaporeIn Conversation With Tan Oe Pang & Goh Huck Heng In Singapore by Goh Huck Heng; Chng Lee Lee (Trans.)

This is the latest book featuring the art of Singaporean multidisciplinary artist Tan Oe Pang (b.1947). It invites readers to explore Tan's artistic practice through a series of dialogues with author Goh Huck Heng. For the first time, over 50 pieces of selected artworks, including Chinese ink paintings, oil paintings and Chinese calligraphy, were discussed in depth. Art lovers will be able to gain greater insight into Tan's mastery techniques, creative concepts and inspirations behind his works.