'Malaysian Art Volume I: Imagining Identities brings together a collection of essays which highlights the ways in which art has provided artists with the means of imagining themselves, and imagining our nation. The 19 essays in this publication comprise of five reprinted seminal texts from the 1970s to 90s and new commissioned essays by writers across different generations. They discuss art developments in relation to changing expressions and experiences in Malaysian social and cultural life from after the Second World War to contemporary times, while 140 illustrations create a parallel visual narrative. This unprecedented gathering of Malaysian art writing should prove a valuable reference for a wide audience, from specialists to general readers interested in Malaysian art and history.' (from back cover)

Preface by T.K. Sabapathy. Includes timeline of key events and brief biographies of contributors.

The Malay version Menanggap Identiti is also in AAA's collection.
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Narratives in Malaysian Art: Volume I

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Part I: The Journey between the Rural and the Urban, and the Building of a Nation
The Treatment of the Local Landscape in Modern Malaysian Art, 1930–1981 - Redza PIYADASA
The Practice of Watercolour at the Dawn of Modern Art in Malaya - Kelvin Chunsum CHUAH
The Nanyang Artists: Eclectic Expressions of the South Seas - Emelia ONG
Nanyang Style: Bygone Dreams of Paradise? (Recent Conversations with NAFA Alumni) - Kokchuen OOI
A Study on the Subjectivity of the Malaysian Chinese Painters (An Outline) - Changhwang CHAI, 蔡長璜
16 Malaysian Landscape Paintings - Zakaria Ali
From Paddy Fields to Fake Plastic Palm Trees: Negotiating a Changing Social Landscape - Adeline OOI, Beverly YONG
Shaping the Malaysian Figure: Changing Norms, New Orientations and Points of Resistance in the late 1960s and 70s - Laura FAN
This is Where We Live: The Ongoing Search for a National Narrative - Anurendra JEGADEVA
Part II: Claiming/Reclaiming Identities: Negotiating Tradition and Modernity
Menulis dan Melukis: 'Writing' and 'Drawing' in Malay Traditional Art and Their Impact in Contemporary Art - A Study of Cultural Values - Siti Zainon Ismail
Malay Folklore in Malaysian Art - Rahimidin Zahari
A View of Modern Sculpture in Malaysia - T.K. SABAPATHY
A Story of Malaysian Sculpture - Tengku Sabri Ibrahim
Islamic Art - Syed Ahmad Jamal
Islam and Modern Art in Malaysia: An Introduction - Safrizal SHAHIR
An Islamic Identity in Contemporary Malaysian Art: Achievements and Challenges - Sulaiman Esa
Abstract Themes and Approaches in Malaysian Modern Art - Safrizal SHAHIR
The Body in Modern Malaysian Art - Izmer AHMAD
Love Me in My Batik - YEE Ilann
Towards an Alter-Native Vision: The Idea of Malaysian Art Since 1980 - Zainol Shariff
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