Major museum acquisitions for Malaysian contemporary artists Chong Kim Chiew, Yee I-Lann


In the first half of 2012, the Singapore Art Museum and the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanawaza acquired works by two Malaysian artists: Chong Kim Chiew and Yee I-Lann.

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What the ballet ban means for contemporary art in Malaysia in 2012


Just how pernicious is censorship in Malaysia, and what does this mean for Malaysian contemporary art?

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Migrant Ecologies: Innovative Southeast Asian science-art collaboration


Art Radar talks to Lucy Davis about Migrant Ecologies, a project that explores the relationships that exist between both science and art, and nature and humanity.

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Mella Jaarsma in rare Manila performance art residency


Multidisciplinary artist Mella Jaarsma was one of four artists invited to take part in a rare performance art residency hosted by Filipino gallery Manila Contemporary.

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Political correctness enemy of good art says Valentine Willie – BFM podcast


We pull some quotes from a fascinating BFM podcast with Malaysian contemporary art specialist and dealer Valentine Willie. Find a link to the interview here, too.

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3 young Malaysian contemporaries, 3 cultural interrogations


Valentine Willie Fine Art, located in Kuala Lumpur, presented “3 Young Contemporaries” in October and November this year. As the title suggests, the exhibition contained the work of three Malaysian contemporary artists: Chi Too, Minstrel Kuik and Poodien. It is part of the gallery’s annual exhibition programme that aims to provide a platform for young and emerging artists from the Southeast Asian region. Here we summarise comments made on the exhibition by curator and writer Eva McGovern.

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Malaysian artist Yee I-Lann mixes batik and photography in “Boogeyman” exhibition


“Boogeyman” is Malaysian artist Yee I-Lann’s attempt to document and explore the notion of the Orang Besar, a Southeast Asian term used to describe those members of the socio-political and economic elite in the area. In this exhibition, the artist uses a mix of batik and photography techniques to develop elaborate works which provoke a strong emotive response.

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Comic art of Popok Tri Wahyudito portrays scenes of transport calamity


GALLERY SHOWS COMIC ART DRAWING INDONESIA In July this year, Valentine Willie Fine Art (VWFA) partnered with Kuala Lumpur’s The Annexe Gallery to bring “BERGERak” to Malaysia. In his first Malaysian solo, Indonesian artist Popok Tri Wahyudi, uses “Jogja comic … Continue reading