Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Books on Asian Art

Here are new additions to our comprehensive collection of Asian Art titles:

Today and Tomorrow: Emerging Practices in Malaysian Art. This book offers a glimpse of the Malaysian art scene in the making, seeking out and briefly documenting practices and tendencies that have emerged over the past several years which have captured the attention of contemporary audiences. It showcases the works of game-changers and risk-takers in a shifting art ecology with the greater aim of capturing the spirit of a rising generation. Artists featured in the book include recent winners of The Young Contemporaries and Malaysian Emerging Artists Awards. Many of them are painters but there are also those focusing on photography, sound, street art and design as well as performance, installation, video and object-making.

The Collectors Show: Weight of History. The Collectors Show presents compelling works of contemporary art from private collections in Asia. This third edition of The Collectors Show is titled Weight of History, featuring 23 works that show how artists perceive, and re-conceive the multiple facets of history in the Asia-Pacific region. The knowledge, narratives and records of the past, range from the personal to the social, the spiritual to the art historical. Weight of History examines, through the eyes of artists, how the past has shaped, and continues to shape present day societies, as they engage with and evaluate their local traditions and contexts of culture in a globalised world. This publication includes detailed artwork write-ups and contributions from art collectors on their visions on the collecting of contemporary art today. With full-coloured plates of remarkable contemporary artworks that are seldom exhibited, it also offers a rare view into the world of private art collection.

Soo Pieng by Bridget Tracy Tan. This catalogue was published in conjunction with an exhibition on Cheong Soo Pieng (1917 - 1983) at the Nayang Academy of Fine Arts. Cheong Soo Pieng was an influential arts educator and pioneer artist. Featuring more than 50 pieces of artwork including some works never before shown in public and close to 80 sketches, 'Soo Pieng' showcases an unprecedented selection of artwork created from 1947 to 1983 as well as sketches spanning 1943 to 1977. The sheer variety of artwork traces his development as an artist and the various influences that he encountered through his sojourns around the region and further abroad to Europe. On display are mixed media sculptural reliefs, oil paintings on wood/ board/ canvas/ paper mounted on canvas, and landscapes created in ink on paper/ cloth/ paper on cloth. Several critical pieces of his late works that follow his return to China after his departure more than 30 years, are also included in the exhibition, as well as a series of abstract works that have never been seen before by scholars and the community in general.

New Faces, New Works: China Contemporary Art by Zhao Li. New Faces, New Works: China Contemporary Art is edited by Zhao Li, a leading scholar of the Chinese contemporary art environment. In this book, he brings together critics, curators, media professionals and art professionals from around the world to nominate and select the most important events, phenomena, artists and artworks to emerge in Chinese contemporary art in 2010 and 2011. The results have been compiled into three sections of the book: "chronology," "new works from old faces" and "different works from new faces." This book will give readers a firm grasp of developments in Chinese contemporary art and provide them with solid recommendations for collection and investment in this field.

The President's Young Talents 2013. Inaugurated by the Singapore Art Museum in 2001, the President's Young Talents is Singapore's premier commissioning exhibition, featuring the island's most promising artists under the age of 35. Selected by an independent curatorial committee of local art professionals, this year's PYT features new commissions from Boo Junfeng, Liao Jiekai, Zaki Razak, Grace Tan, Ryf Zaini and Robert Zhao Renhui. The catalogue features a dedicated section for each of the six artists, including curatorial essays and artist interviews, as well as showcasing previous works and the new PYT 2013 commission, offering a comprehensive overview and insight into the art-making processes of some of Singapore's most talented contemporary artists today.

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Article by Don Bosco on his Self-publishing Journey

Local author Don Bosco has written a very interesting and helpful article regarding “lean publishing” on OpenBrief.
Open Brief is an online publication that shares thought-provoking editorial reads and inspiring stories about creativity & culture in Asia.  This is the link to the article.

In the article, Don explains how he came to self-publish his latest paperback for young readers, Ghostly.  Ghostly is a fantasy adventure story about a group of kids who discover a strange scroll in their school.  In the article, Don explains how he developed Ghostly with his two sons, and managed the whole publishing process from home.

Other than Ghostly, Don is the author of Time Talisman ebook series, which was published by Autumn Wonders, Select Books’s children’s book imprint.  The ebooks are available on Kindle, itunes and Kobo.  We had a previous post about the Time Talisman series.

Don is also the author of the Sherlock Hong paperbacks (#1: The Immortal Nightingale and #2: The Peranakan Princess), which we distribute in Singapore.  These books are available in Kinokuniya and Popular.

This is the link for Don’s website: Super Cool Books.

Monday, April 15, 2013

Event: Meet-the-Author - Tash Aw

Photos from the Meet-the-Author session with Tash Aw on Saturday, 13 April 2013, at 4:30pm


Monday, April 8, 2013

Books on Fort Canning

Fort Canning is one of Singapore's most famous historical landmark.  These three books explore Fort Canning's history, heritage and natural beauty:

Insitu: Fort Canning Hill. The publication contains content about the historic Fort Canning Hill, authored with the support of materials from National Parks Singapore. The book also documents multi-disciplinary artworks by leading Tokyo contemporary photography artist Taisuke Koyama, acclaimed sound artist Kangding Ray, independent curator June Yap and emerging Singapore artist Boedi Widjaja after their travel to the hill.

Fort Canning Hill: Exploring Singapore's Heritage and Nature by Melissa Diagana and Jyoti Angresh. Fort Canning Hill: Exploring Singapore's Heritage and Nature is the first coffee table book dedicated to the rich heritage and biodiversity of Singapore's beloved park on a hill. It takes the reader through a holistic journey through the park - from uncovering the layers of its military, architectural, trading and natural heritage to getting an intriguing look at its diverse botanical life and previous inhabitants.

Secrets of the Battlebox by Romen Bose.  This is the 2011 reissue of the 2005 softback which tells the tale of the Battlebox on Fort Canning Hill, Singapore. The area was sealed for many years but became known to the public in 1988 and is now a museum. The accessible account uses interviews, memoirs and othe primary and recently released source material to reconstruct events and discussions which took place in the underground complex in February 1942. In the Battlebox the Allied military commanders finally decided on 14 February to surrender to the Japanese. There is a brief summary of post-Occupation events at the site. With black-and-white archival photographs, chronology and bibliography.

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Event: Meet-the-Authors - Jyoti Angresh and Melissa Diagana

Select Books and Oro Editions are pleased to invite you to a Meet-the-Authors session with Jyoti Angresh and Melissa Diagana, authors of Fort Canning Hill: Exploring Singapore's Heritage and Nature, on Saturday, 20 April 2013, at 3:00pm.

About the Book
Fort Canning Hill: Exploring Singapore's Heritage and Nature is the first coffee table book dedicated to the rich heritage and biodiversity of Singapore’s beloved park on a hill. It takes the reader through a holistic journey through the park – from uncovering the layers of its military, architectural, trading and natural heritage to getting an intriguing look at its diverse botanical life and previous inhabitants. At the same time, the book captures the significance of Fort Canning Hill as a key cultural destination and popular recreational space today. In many ways, the story of Fort Canning Hill parallels the transformation of Singapore from a sleepy fishing village to a vibrant cosmopolitan city.

About the Authors
Jyoti Angresh and Melissa Diagana are two expatriates who have been living in Singapore for over six years. Having lived near Fort Canning Hill, they were constantly amazed by this multifaceted and centrally-located park. They were inspired to write this book to share their enthusiasm for this hidden jewel, and to highlight the impressive history and ecology contained within the hill. 

Jyoti is a fashion business professional with a degree in humanities. She has a natural love for heritage and culture that has found expression in her writings over the years.

Melissa is a molecular biologist by training who enjoys studying the broader picture of natural history as much as its reductionist details. She regularly writes about nature and environmental topics. 

Fort Canning Hill: Exploring Singapore's Heritage and Nature will be available for purchase and booksigning at $58.85 (inclusive of GST) during the event.

Saturday, April 20, 2013
3:00pm to 5:00pm

Select Books
51, Armenian Street
Singapore 179939
Tel: 6337 9319