This book provides a comprehensive account of modern Indonesian art, the development of which parallels the colonization and decolonization of the country. Author Helena Spanjaard expands on her doctoral thesis the discussion of Colonial/Orientalist styles. She follows up on this with accounts of Indonesian artists and Indonesian-based art education, trends, and controversies. The nature and importance of art in the service of the Indonesian independence movement and in nation-building are also discussed.
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