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Expressions in Three Angles?

Published on 14 December, 2009 by | 2 | Filed under: Reviews | Tags: , , , , , ,

by Yusuf Martin

The Malaysian National Art Gallery – Balai Seni Lukis Negara, which might otherwise be called a museum of modern art, currently hosts a retrospective of one of Malaysia’s most esteemed artists – Syed Ahmad Jamal; celebrating his eightieth birthday, and almost sixty years devoted to art and art criticism.

Sejarah Kepedihan dan Kebudayaan

Published on 10 December, 2009 by | 9 | Filed under: Reviews | Tags: , , ,

ceritalah oleh Karim Raslan

Ulasan: Pameran ‘The Erased Time’ oleh FX Harsono

Bagi Kaum etnik Cina di Indonesia, sebarang kajian mengenai urutan sejarah mereka yang panjang di Republik itu penuh dengan kenangan pedih: ketakutan, kematian, korupsi, rampasan dan diskriminasi. Pertunjukan terbaharu pelukis FX Harsono di Galeri Nasional Jakarta menyoroti tema-tema ini.

The Erased Time

Published on 10 December, 2009 by | 6 | Filed under: Reviews | Tags: , , , ,

by Karim Raslan

Review: FX Harsono’s The Erased Time @ National Gallery, Jakarta

For Indonesia’s ethnic Chinese, any review of their long history in the Republic is fraught with painful memories: fear, death, corruption, sequestration and discrimination. Are the country’s Chinese really free or are they doomed to re-experience the suspicion and violence of the past?

Melaka! Art! For Everyone!

Published on 3 December, 2009 by | 3 | Filed under: Reviews | Tags: ,

by Bilqis Hijjas

21 artists presented a series of site-specific performances and art installations in the old part of Melaka around the remains of A Famosa, St Paul’s Church and the river. It proves what a small group of dedicated people with no fanfare and minimal local government support can do.

Shadow Play

Published on 1 December, 2009 by | 15 | Filed under: Reviews | Tags: , , ,

by Yusuf Martin

Rhythm of the 21st Century: Raja Shahriman’s shadows give the appearance of cavorting, dancing, twisting, curling, bending to reveal the archetypal black soul of war mongering sculptures.

Captains Log: Day 28

Published on 30 November, 2009 by | Comments closed | Filed under: Reviews | Tags: , ,

By Eva McGovern

A Very Belated Exhibition Review: With no land in sight audiences ask where is the Art? Jason Wee at Valentine Willie Fine Art 6-23 May 2009 challenges the viewer to think about borders, memory and the definition of photography but are they up to the task?

Poetic percussionists miss the mainstream

Published on 27 November, 2009 by | 1 | Filed under: Reviews | Tags: ,

by Bilqis Hijjas

Hands Percussion has built a reputation for its high impact and high energy shows, with strong production values. This is what makes their most recent offering, Dreams in November, such a departure from the norm. It wasn’t that Hands Percussion failed to deliver, but that it delivered a different show than expected…

Musing Spaces

by Ho Rui-An

On Lost In the City, National Museum of Singapore: The works that leave the deepest impressions are those that articulately interrogate and contest its immediate surroundings, effectively constructing a new understanding of the tensions between a nation undecided about its existence and the museum that assumes its existence and documents its socio-historical consciousness.

The Space Gambus Experiment

Published on 24 November, 2009 by | Comments closed | Filed under: Reviews | Tags: , , , , ,

by Yusuf Martin

Out of the canon of Kamal Sabran’s musical enterprises, this CD offers what may be his most accessible compositions, with a more direct focus on instrumental melodies, intertwined with electronic abstract resonance.

Art Expo: Things that make you go ‘Yeah!’

Published on 21 November, 2009 by | 1 | Filed under: Reviews | Tags: , , ,

by Suraya Warden

Profiling some works for all of you out there to have a taste of what’s at Art Expo, but come out here as it will certainly be better in the flesh!

Chris Chong’s Karaoke (2009)

by Yin Shao Loong

Recently ARTERI was invited to a screening of Chris Chong Chan Fui’s ‘Karaoke’, the first Malaysian film in 14 years to make it to the Cannes Directors’ Fortnight. Read on to see what we think of it.

If Hannibal Lecter was Malay

Published on 20 November, 2009 by | Comments closed | Filed under: Reviews | Tags: , , ,

by Shahril Abdul Rani

Theatre review: Bilik Ahmad Berdaki

Being slapped, strangled, bitten and eaten are displays of both violent and sexual domination.

Si vis pacem, para bellum

Published on 19 November, 2009 by | 5 | Filed under: Reviews | Tags: , , , ,

by Eva McGovern

Raja Shariman at Galeri Petronas: What is the function of sculpture that deals with the art of war when situated within a corporate gallery, in one of the biggest shopping malls in Malaysia?

Exhibition Shortie: No Pay Per View by Claro Ramirez

Published on 8 November, 2009 by | Comments closed | Filed under: Reviews | Tags: , , , ,

By Eileen Legaspi- Ramirez

Philippines: Multimedia artist Claro Ramirez wryly comments on how individuals willfully withdraw from routine and render the metropolis desolate and motionless.

The President’s Young Talents: Art and its Contemporaries

by Ho Rui An

The President’s Young Talents, Singapore’s answer to the Turner Prize, is the talk of the town. Our correspondent takes us on an exhibition walkthrough, and along the way, muses about the cultural climate of the island nation.

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