The Southeast Asian Art File
ALERT: This ArtFile is ancient history in web terms (hasn't been updated since 1997). But check out my latest site on Singapore's Public Art.
a file of articles,
links and notes related
to Southeast Asian contemporary art
Chandrasekaran, Deva, 1994
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(as of June 10th, 1997)
Documenta X is on. Here is the official
site, and here is the discussion
group put together by Universes in Universe. As they say
- " Following the intentions of the artistic director
of the dX, to reach a maximum of "liveliness and involvement, analysis
and criticism, openness and scepticism..." during the 100 days, a
topic of discussion in this Forum will be the ways in which the art from
Africa, Asia and Latin America has been presented in her manifestation
culturelle. It will be interesting to see if the dX can meet the challenge
of becoming an interdisciplinary look into a future where traditional categories
will no longer apply.
- GLOBAL: Universes
in Universe: an artist-led trilingual internet site, that sent the
following message to the Artfile:
You will find Nusantara and Nusantara.com included in the
information system of Universes in Universe. We developed this project
out of similar motivations and frustrations as the ones you mention in
your site. It is encouraging to find people like you out there who are
dedicated to the medium and its communicating possibilities...Our main
goal with Universes is to draw the attention of the international artistic
community to the fascinating art processes which are taking place in Africa
Asia and Latin America, and to build up a sort of cross-network among local
efforts like the one you have initiated in your region.
- REGIONAL: Southeast
Asian artists at the 6th Havana Biennal - a Happening! report by artist
- REGIONAL: 6th
Havana Biennial a superb report put together by Universe in Universes,
Berlin on the Biennial. Includes images of the installation
by Suzan Victor.
- REGIONAL: more on the Asean Art Awards 1996
(from Singapore's Business Times)
- INDONESIA: ArtFile's coverage of the Sudjana art theft makes
the Asia Times (sort of).
- SINGAPORE: The fastest way to come to understand the state of art in
a nation? Look at their art schools. Here, the graduation
show of Singapore's Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, published by the
- SINGAPORE: ArtPower
at Singapore's Substation (a happening story)
- SINGAPORE: a new theme for the ArtFile: art & technology
in Singapore why is the link so weak?
- MALAYSIA: some info
on the National Art Gallery
Regional Resources and Events
- Southeast Asian pictures are hot: Sotheby's features the March
1997 Singapore sale on their internet site: www.sothebys.com.
They also put one of the pictures sidewise. Can you spot it?
- Apinan Poshyananda curated "Contemporary Art in Asia: Traditions/Tensions",
October 4, 1996 through January 5, 1997 at the Asia Society Gallery, New
York Here is an extensive
review, with images, from a New York internet art magazine.
- Philip Morris: Asiaweek's
article on the results of the 1996 Asean Art Awards
Excellent web site of the 23rd Bienal Internacional de Sao Paulo includes
the following artists from Southeast Asia:
- Matthew Ngui
of Singapore, essay by Kwok Kian Chow
- Heri Dono
of Indonesia, essay by Tsutomu Mizusawa
- Marintan Sirait
of Indonesia, essay by Jim Supangkat
Co of the Philippines, by Tsutomu Mizusawa
- Tran Tho of
Vietnam, essay by Carlos Alberto Pereira
- Each page includes a curatorial essay and images of various
works. Many thanks to Kwok Kian Chow, Director of Singapore's Art Museum
for forwarding the URL.
- The website for the Asia-Pacific
Triennial of Contemporary Art at the Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane.
The Triennial runs from 27 September 1996 to 19 January 1997, and its associated
Conference is from 27 - 30 September, 1996. Triennial publications can
be ordered online.
of the Third Asia-Pacific Triennial, Queensland Gallery of Art, Brisbane,
Australia, 27 September 1996 - 19 January 1997, by Caroline Turner, director
of the event.From the International Institute of Asian Studies
- Review of the Asian
Art Now show in Hiroshima, mentioning the works of Tang Da Wu and Navin
Two paintings withdrawn from Christie's Oct 6th Singapore sale
- The Sept 23rd story in the Singapore Straits
- Unedited version of an Indonesian account
of the theft and subsequent consignment to Christie's.
- Straits Times report of September 28th
that the paintings have been returned to Jakarta's National Museum.
- Asian Art
Event Calendar courtesy of the Gate Foundation, Netherlands
- what's on today in the Singapore
- Singapore artists on the internet :
- Zai Kuning, Singaporean multidisciplinary artist sets up Metabolic
Laboratory, a Multi-Cross-Physical Culture Project
- Mathew Ngui's You
Can Order and Eat Char Kwey Teow is an official entry at the So
- See also his reflections
on The Yang Family, his collaboration with Theatreworks.
new publication that looks at fine art in Singapore: the
Voice. Highlights include
- Singapore sculptor Sun
Yu-li puts up a homepage.
- Pan Shou,one of Singapore's
treasures, a poet and master calligrapher. See the poem he has written
on the internet.
- The Lin Hsin-Hsin Museum: an
idiosyncratic web site from an artist and computer consultant
- Tang Dawu's Tiger's
Whip at the Johannesburg Biennale, 1995.
- Lan Gen Bah,
an artist of the post-diaspora
Leow's Art Sweetener
Lim, an ARCUS artist-in-residence, Ibaraki, Japan
- Suzann Victor exhibits
in World's Women Online
- Susie Lingham in
- Yvonne Lee exhibits
in World's Women Online
- the Singapore Art Museum
('affectionately known as SAM')
- particularly the
Themes in Southeast Asian Art exhibition
- and the Century
of Singapore Art
- The Substation - Singapore's
Alternative Space for the Arts
- Looking At Culture,
the online version of the issue of Commentary which the National University
of Singapore Society killed in 1994 for fear of offending the powers-that-be.
- The Conditions to Receive a License from the Public
Entertainment Licensing Unit, or why performance art is a little constrained
- Risalah Dari Malaysia: Seven well-known Malaysian artists exhibited in Germany
late last year: artists include Khalil Ibrahim, Ilse Noor, Sharifah
Fatimah Syed Zubir Barakbah, Juhari Said, Ismail Latiff, Raja Shariman
- And Three
Came Home: a retrospective of three seminal Malaysian artists, at the
Malaysian National Art Gallery of Malaysia. Essays by Valentine Willie,
Yeoh Jin Leng and Susie Wong.
on Malaysian art, written to accompany the works of Anna Chui Han Chin
at Africus, the 1995 Johannesburg Biennale, by Zainol Abidin Ahmad Shariff
Accomplished watercolourist Chang Fee Ming has his
The Pelita Hati Gallery
has a site, including a list of all its shows so far this year.
|| work by Raja Shahriman Raja Aziddin, Pelita Hati Gallery|
- Amir Sidhartha reports an a large-scale,
professional theft of works by the late Sudjana Kerton
- Astri Wright contributes a stirring article
on art crime in Indonesia
- Check out the homepage of the Agung Rai Museum of Art
in Peliatan, Ubud, Bali
- Nyoman Gunarsa : Women in Nyoman's Art -
- Helena Spaanjard reviews
Astri Wright's Soul, Spirit and Mountain, Preoccupations of Contemporary
Indonesian Painters of Indonesia, published by Oxford University Press,
Kuala Lumpur, 1994.From the International Institute of Asian
- Amir Sidharta reviews the Kay it retrospective
- Amir Sidharta reviews the Bali : Change and
Continuity exhibit, Jakarta 1995
by Esther de Charon de St. Germain, of the "Orientation"
Exhibition at Indonesia's National Gallery, August 1995, organized by the
Gate Foundation and Jogjakarta's Cemeti Gallery.From the
International Institute of Asian Studies Newsletter.
- Developments and current
issues in Contemporary Indonesian Art, an essay by A.D. Pirous and
Setiawan Sabana - Faculty of Art and Design Institute of Technology, Bandung.
- A brief report by Curator Urs Ramseyer on an exhibition entitled Farewell
to Paradise, with Balinese artists Wayan Sika, Made Djirna, Nyoman
Erawan, and Made Budhiana, held at the Swiss Ethnological Museum in Basel.
From the International Institute of Asian Studies Newsletter.
- In what was one of the very first museum exhibitions with a web page,
From Ritual to Romance,
selected works from the Neka Museum in Bali were exhibited at the Singapore
- Click here
to order the film Lempad of Bali (directed by Lorne Blair) from the US
- The Belgium-based Art
Gallery for Indonesian Contemporary Visual Arts has posted a short
biography and an image of works by the following Indonesian artists: Ardiyanto
Pranata, Boeldansjah T., Dachlan Umi, Hoegeng Reni, Kartakusumah D.H.,
Ma'mun Heyi, Mikkelsen Sutjihati Yetty, Nunung W.S., Oeghoede Dirk M.,
Pirous A.D., Pirous Erna Garnasih, Sabana Setiawan, Sanjaya Tisna, Sulebar
M. Soekarman, Sunaryo.
- Two Thai artists on the net:
- an Exhibition
in Germany by Rirkrit Tiravanija, with good photos (but the notes in
- and the site
of Tawatchai Puntusawasdi, a young sculptor participating in the ARCUS artist-in-residence program.
- Review of Vasan Sithiket's
November 1995 exhibition in Tokyo, Japan
- Araya Rasdjarmrearnsook's Prostitute's
Room, an installation at the 1995 Johannesburg Biennale.
Face/Yellow Face: Distant Neighbours", an essay by Apinan Poshyananda,
presented at the Johannesburg Bienalle, 1995.
- Silpa Bhirasri was born Corrado Feroci, and was raised, educated and
trained in Italy as a sculptor. He arrived in Bangkok in 1926, becoming
well-known for his royal commissions and public works. In 1933 he helped
found the School of Fine Arts. In
this brief essay, he talks about some of the prominent Thai artists
of the 1950s who studied there.
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