Curate celebrated the best of Nanyang art in a unique and almost sold-out show titled Nanyang: A Private Selling Exhibition, which showcased some of the finest masterpieces by pioneering Malaysian and Singaporean artists. The travelling exhibition greeted art enthusiasts across the crossway from 31 July to 3 August 2014 at artspace@222, Singapore, and returned home to Kuala Lumpur from 6 August until 22 August 2014 at Curate, SENI Mont’ Kiara.   Nanyang or ‘Southern Seas’ is a term originally coined in the late 1920s by literary intelligentsia to indicate contemporary Chinese narratives written based on local subjects. A synthesis of…
Henry Butcher Art Auctioneers (HBArt) presented a special auction in conjunction with Malaysia Day titled A Legacy: An Auction In Celebration of Malaysia Day which was held on Sunday, 21 September 2014 at Sime Darby Convention Centre in Kuala Lumpur. On offer were eclectic arrays of cultural artefacts and artworks ranging from Straits Chinese ceramics and the heritage arms, Keris a current representation of Malay sovereignty originated from the Nusantara archipelago to paintings in oil and watercolour by Malaysian and Asian artists as well as Chinese ink calligraphy and literati paintings. The launch of live online bidding also took place…
Henry Butcher Art Auctioneers (HBArt) presented a series of Public Art Programmes in conjunction with a calendar of events namely Nanyang: A Private Selling Exhibition which was held in Singapore (31 July – 3 August) and Kuala Lumpur (6 – 22 August) and A Legacy: An Auction in Celebration of Malaysia Day which was held on 21 September 2014.     Picturing Nanyang: A Romantic Perspective of the Southern Seas?   The objective of this forum was to discuss the history and the works of pioneering artists of Malaysia and Singapore who have forged and claimed an identity of its own. Known…
The Kuala Lumpur contemporary art scene has recently welcomed a new art collective named Conjoin with great gusto. Comprising of four talented individuals CC Kua, Celine Wong, Nicholas Choong, and founder T.W. Chang, also known as Skinner, their first project, Spontaneous #1 was held at a pop-up space in Publika hosted by Artemis Art from 27 July to 17 August 2014.   CC Kua (b.1991) is an illustrator and graphic designer by profession whose artistic intuitions and erratic thoughts are subliminally expressed on paper, producing an illuminating and humourous journey of her wilding inner thoughts.   Illustrator and educator Celine…
Held from 4 to 20 September 2014 at Alliance Française de Singapour, Tiga Malam (Three Nights) is a group exhibition showcasing an eclectic body of work by three contemporary Singaporean artists Rosihan Dahim, Sunar Sugiyou and Adi Yadoni. Comprised of paintings on paper; canvas works; video installation; and sculpture, the exhibition’s aim to reveal varying degrees of artistic expressions situating within the Southeast Asian context offers an exhilarating impression to its viewers.   Rosihan Dahim’s surreal body of work consists of dreamlike paintings, installations and sculptures using symbolic traditional references such as wayang kulit and keris in his paintings; eggs…
“People don't understand that the hardest thing is to actually do something which is close to nothing.” – Marina Abramović   Known as the “grandmother” of performance art – Marina Abramović is a name that usually receives mixed responses because of the controversy surrounding her work. Matthew Akers’ documentary film, Marina Abramović: The Artist is Present, on the same entitled retrospective of her work at MoMA in 2010 provides an eye-opening insight into the grueling process behind producing her work, and in turn a better understanding of the under-appreciated genre of performance art itself.   While the film exposes a…
 Art:1 New Museum - The World And I: Heri Dono's Art Odyssey Bazaar Art Jakarta 2014 / Edwin's Gallery
For the proper care of an art collection you should be aware of the agents of deterioration in order to avoid or minimize their effects through the implementation of a number of simple procedures. Agents of deterioration are external forces that act upon objects and cause their chemical or physical degradation. They may include some of the following: direct physical forces; theft, vandalism or careless transportation of the objects; fire; water; pests; pollutants; light levels; incorrect relative humidity and temperature.     DIRECT PHYSICAL FORCES Responsible for various types of damage that can deform, puncture, dent, scratch and/or cause wear…
Every surviving panel painting by Michelangelo is painted in egg tempera.   Tempera or egg tempera is a permanent, fast-drying painting medium consisting of colored pigment mixed with a water-soluble binder medium (usually a glutinous material such as egg yolk or some other size). It is traditionally created by hand-grinding dry powdered pigments into a binding agent or medium, such as egg, glue, honey, water, milk (in the form of casein) and a variety of plant gums.     Photo courtesy www.eggtempera.com