Wednesday, July 27, 2011

New Distribution Title: Liu Kang: The Colourful Modernist

Liu Kang: Colourful Modernist, part of the Asian Artists Series, and edited by Yeo Wei Wei, will be launched on 28 July 2011 at the Singapore Art Museum.

Liu Kang (1911- 2004) is widely regarded as one of Singapore’s most important artists, and a guiding figure in the development of Singapore’s art scene.
 
Liu was actively involved in various areas of the visual arts field, from the creation of artworks to playing a central role in education and criticism. Liu also played a leading role in the Society of Chinese Artists and the Singapore Art Society for many years. In recognition of the artist’s lifetime accomplishments and contributions to Singapore’s visual art community, he was conferred the Public Service Star in 1970, and the Meritorious Service Medal in 1996.

This monograph positions Liu Kang, one of Singapore’s first generation artists, as observer, commentator, and visionary of modernity in Singapore art history. The contexts in which his works were created consist of a colourful map of diverse cultures, places, influences, from China, Europe and Southeast Asia.
The cross-cultural richness in Liu Kang’s way of seeing and art making are explored in four essays by curators and art researchers. These essays present fresh insights about the artist’s engagement with European and Chinese modernisms in a Singaporean context. 
 
The book also contains close to 200 colour illustrations and archival photographs as well as an index and a glossary.
 
The book is being launched in conjunction with an exhibition to be held at the Singapore Art Museum from 29 July 2011 to 16 October 2011. This exhibition is held in commemoration of the artist's centennial year of birth. Featuring 100 works by Liu, this exhibition invites visitors on a journey of exploration into the life and mind of the artist.

The Liu Kang: A Centennial Celebration is a special research exhibition organised by the National Art Gallery, Singapore, supported by the National Heritage Board and held on the premises of SAM.

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