Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Books on Indonesia Art and Collectibles

Here is a selection of books on Indonesia art and collectibles:
  • Javanese Antique Furniture and Folk Art: The David B. Smith and James Tirtoprodjo Collections by Bruce Carpenter. Quirky, enigmatic and uniquely beautiful, the art and furnishings of Central and East Java's villages and palaces are little known to the art historians, museum curators and collectors of the world. Armed with all the charm and characteristics of folk art - bright, bold colours; na?ve forms and compositions; flattened perspective; anonymous origins; functionality; humour and social commentary - it is the product of a complex and ancient culture renowned for its ability to pick and choose from outside influences without impairing the integrity of the original. Javanese Antique Furniture and Folk Art celebrates this delightful art form with more than 300 colour photographs, while insights from experts reveal the history and fascinating culture embodied in one of the world's most impressive collections of Javanese art.
  • The Javanese Kris by Isaac Groneman. A substantial article by the Curator of the Tropenmuseum, Amsterdam, introduces this first translation of the major 1910 study of the Javanese Kris by Isaac Groneman (1832-1912), Court Physician to the Sultan of Yogyakarta. New colour photographs drawn from several collections enhance the original study. This definitive study on the kris provides details of the processes of forging, selecting tools and materials, of styles and symbols, the significance of different handles, dress (sheaths), motifs, ceremonies, usage demands, and maintenance. All of these are detailed with illustrative drawings and photographs. With extensive glossary and some working diagrams.
  • Legacy in Cloth: Batak Textiles of Indonesia by Sandra Niessen. Weaving in the Batak region of North Sumatra is an ancient art practised by women, and exhibits some of the oldest design and technical features in the Indonesian archipelago. Since colonial annexation at the turn of the 20th century, innovative Batak weavers from the Lake Toba region in northern Sumatra have successfully adapted their art to new economic and social circumstances - but at great cost. In recent decades, weaving has fallen into decline and the tradition is threatened, while at the same time Batak textiles are highly prized in museum collections around the world. Legacy in Cloth offers the first definitive study of the woven heritage of the Toba, Simalungun, and Karo Batak. The most complete analysis of Batak textiles ever published, it provides a record of more than 100 different design types, including archival and contemporary photographs showing how the textiles are woven and how they are used in Batak culture.
  • Gerard Pieter Adolfs 1898-1968, The Painter of Java and Bali by Eveline Borntraeger-Stoll and Gianni Orsini. This major volume conveys the diversity and beauty of the works of the Dutch artist Gerard Pieter Adolfs (1898-1968). Adolfs was born to a Dutch family in Surabaya and became known as an architect and then painter of Java and Bali. After 1939 his career was mainly in Holland. Many examples of his art and design show the variety and extent of his oeuvre, most of which relates to Indonesia. The account of his life is interleaved with archival photographs, insets, and several hundred colour plates; his techniques and developing ideas are also discussed. With bibliography, catalogue of works 1923-67, and chronology.
  • Indonesian Odyssey: A Private Journey through Indonesia's Most Renowned Fine Art Collections by Helena Spanjaard. In this major volume the senior art historian Dr Helena Spanjaard has brought together some 230 Indonesian paintings in 21 private collections in Indonesia which are normally not open to the public. The artists are either locally born or foreign - mostly Dutch - who worked in Indonesia. The paintings reflect both international training and ideas and indigenous traditions and techniques many of which have been redeveloped into new forms in recent years. The selected paintings are by both widely acclaimed artists and the almost unknown. They are complemented by interviews and thoughtful commentaries and the fact that the colour plates are of outstanding quality.

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