Friday, September 17, 2010

New Distribution Partner: The National Art Gallery, Singapore

We are pleased to announce that Select Books has been appointed by The National Art Gallery, Singapore as the exclusive distributor in Singapore and Malaysia for their publications.

The National Art Gallery, Singapore (TNAGS) is a new virtual arts institution which will contribute to building Singapore as a regional and international hub for visual arts. It will focus on the display, promotion, research and study of Southeast Asian art, including Singapore art, as well as host international art exhibitions.

As part of this mandate, TNAGS has a comprehensive education and publishing programme, including the publication of high quality art books as well as children’s books. We are therefore very pleased to be a partner of TNAGS in its publishing programme.

The latest title published by TNAGS is Cheong Soo Pieng: Visions of Southeast Asia. This title will be part of the Asian Artist Series of books. It is edited by Yeo Wei Wei, and contributors include Grace Tng, Seng Yu Jin, and Yeo Wei Wei.

Cheong Soo Pieng was a pioneer artist who created visually fresh pictures of Southeast Asia’s landscapes and people. By marrying the artistic traditions of the East and the West, Soo Pieng broke new ground in the way the tropics were portrayed.

Common Southeast Asian subjects — a fisherman’s kelong, two sarong-clad women on the way to the market, a group of people busy drying fish, the graceful figure of a Balinese dancer — take on new stylised forms through Soo Pieng’s deft use of pictorial devices and techniques from different cultures and traditions such as Chinese inking, Western oil painting, Cubism, geometric abstraction and wayang kulit.

This book is the first of its kind on Soo Pieng. The 94 colour plates present the reader with the breadth and complexity of this Nanyang artist’s extensive oeuvre. The chapters include a wealth of personal photographs as well as the latest research on the artist. Pictures of recently unearthed drawings, sketches, watercolours and woodcut prints shed further light on Soo Pieng’s personal philosophy and artistic ambitions.

Cheong Soo Pieng: Bridging Worlds, a special research exhibition featuring the works of Cheong Soo Pieng, and organised by TNAGs, is currently being held on the premises of the Singapore Art Museum.

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