Monday, February 6, 2012

Titles on the Arts from Selections 106: Part 2

Here are more titles on the Arts from Selections 106.

Women Artists in Singapore by Bridget Tracy Tan. Women Artists in Singapore showcases Singapore's women artists and their contributions. Bridget Tracy Tan's selection of 37 artists and artworks offer interesting and much-needed insights about the role women have played, and continue to play, in Singapore's art history. The styles and mediums of artists from different generations are creatively juxtaposed to highlight the sheer diversity of their output and influences, as well as their international character. The question of what it means to be both an artist and a woman lies at the heart of Women Artists in Singapore. Enlivened by colourful artwork images from the national collection as well as private and artist collections, this book presents a visual feast, attractive to art lover and lay person alike.

Pilgrimage and Buddhist Art edited by Adriana Proser. According to sacred texts, the historical Buddha encouraged his disciples to make pilgrimages to sites associated with his life. As sacred images of the Buddha proliferated over time, it is said that his relics were divided among 84,000 South Asian sites of Buddhist worship, or stupas. This abundance of sacred sites in turn rendered pilgrimage and worship increasingly prominent influences on Asian culture and daily life. Pilgrimage and Buddhist Art employs sacred objects, textiles, sculpture, manuscripts, and paintings to discuss the relationship between Buddhist pilgrimage and Asia's artistic production. Accompanying an exhibition of approximately 90 extraordinary objects, many of which have never before been displayed publicly, this book addresses the process of the sacred journey in its entirety, including discussion of pilgrimage motivation, ritual preparation, and worship at the sacred destination. Exceptional and visually stunning examples of painted mandalas, reliquaries, prayer wheels, and travelling shrines demonstrate that pilgrims and pilgrimage inspired centuries of artistic production and shaped the development of visual culture in Asia. Through insightful essays by a team of scholars, Pilgrimage and Buddhist Art illuminates artwork's complex role in Buddhist culture, in which art serves as a form of memory and a bridge to the spiritual world as well as a functional tool with temporal purposes.

Lim Yew Kuan by Bridget Tracy Tan and Choy Weng Yang. This study of the oeuvre of Lim Yew Kuan (b. 1928) complements the retrospective Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA), Singapore exhibition. Lim Yew Kuan was the second (1963-1979) Principal of NAFA and son of the founding Principal Lim Hak Tai. Trained in Chelsea and Paris and working in different media including woodcuts and sculpture. An illustrated essay by Bridget Tan overviews the diversity of his artistic achievement. Some 60 of his paintings and other works are illustrated. With biographical chronology. Bilingual in Chinese.

12 Contemporary Artists of Vietnam by Dao Mai Trang. This softback presents work and ideas of 12 contemporary artists of Vietnam. A biographical summary and a few colour plates accompany summary and a few colour plates accompany the essay on the oeuvre and ideas of each artist. Diversity and new vigorously-expressed ideas and convictions are clearly very active in Vietnam's art world. Bilingual in Vietnamese.

Ancestral Realms of the Naxi: Quentin Roosevelt's China by edited by Christine Mathieu and Cindy Ho. The Naxi people are an ethnic minority living in south-western China, who at the intersection of the Tibetan civilization in the west and the Chinese in the east, developed not only their own language but also their own pictographic script (the only living pictographic script in the world today), a rich mythology, and their own religion complete with complex rituals. This book offers a comprehensive introduction to Naxi art and culture through rare artefacts: funeral scrolls, ceremonial banners, paintings, musical instruments, crowns, swords, and sceptres, as well as pictographic manuscripts. It provides articles on the art of the Dongba, their calligraphy and language, and essays on Naxi history, culture, and society, as well as an essay on Quentin Roosevelt and his travels to the land of the Naxi. This is a comprehensive introduction to centuries of Naxi culture, art, and religion, which presents outstanding objects from public and private collections, including those collected by Quentin Roosevelt in China. Essays by specialists and scholars in the field of Naxi studies and Chinese and Tibetan art history offer a highly academic standard that is also attractive and accessible. With bibliography and index.

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