'A constellation of thoughts by 25 established and emerging scholars who plot the indices of modernity and locate new coordinates within the shifting landscape of art. These newly commissioned essays are accompanied by close to 200 full-colour image plates.' - from the publisher

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An Introduction

- Szewee LOW, 劉思偉

Address of Art: Vicinity of Region, Horizon of History

- Patrick D. FLORES

1. When Was Modernism? A Historiography of Singapore Art

- Kevin CHUA

2. The 19th-Century "Origins" of Singapore Art

- Chongguan KWA

3. Colonial Art as a Space of the Asian Modern

- John CLARK, 姜苦樂

4. The Javanese Painter Raden Saleh (c. 1811-1880): A Star in the Firmament of Indonesian Modern Visual Art

- Maria-Odette SCALLIET

5. Towards a History of the Asian Photographer at Home and Abroad: Case Studies of Southeast Asian Pioneers Francis Chit, Kassian Cephas and Yu Chong


6. Pre-war (1886-1941) Art Activities of the Chinese Community in Singapore through a Narrative Framework of Diasporic Bonds

- Mangthong YEO, 姚夢桐

7. A "Forgotten" Art World: The Singapore Art Club and its Colonial Women Artists

- Yvonne LOW

8. Balinese Modernism

- Adrian VICKERS

9. The Birth of ‘Fine Art' in Southeast Asia, 1900-1945

- Masahiro USHIROSHOJI, 後小路雅弘

10. Conditions of Freedom, Contingencies of Art

- Patrick D. FLORES

11. The Transition of Thai Traditional Art to Modern Art in the 1950s and 1960s

- Somporn RODBOON

12. Landscape Painting in Indonesia: Continuity and Change in President Sukarno's Collection


13. Conflict and Denial: The Discourse of Identity in Indonesian Art, 1950s-1980s

- Aminudin T.H. SIREGAR

14. Lim Hak Tai Points a Third Way: Towards a Socially Engaged Art by the Nanyang Artists, 1950s-1960s

- Yujin SENG

15. The Women and the Vista: Intimate Revolt of the Cultural Left

- Simon SOON

16. Cultural Wars in Southeast Asia: The Birth of the Critical Exhibition in the 1970s

- Yujin SENG

17. Reading Conceptual Art in Southeast Asia: A Beginning


18. The Singapore Contemporary and Contemporary Art in Singapore

- C.J. Wan-ling WEE

19. Continuity and Change: Vietnamese Art in the Age of Đổi Mới

- Nora A. TAYLOR

20. Unpacking the Legacy of an Exceptional Artist from Myanmar: Bagyi Aung Soe (1923-1990)


- Yin Ker

21. Emergenc(i)es: History and the Auto-Ethnographic Impulse in Contemporary Cambodian Art


22. Rhetorical Postures and the Photographic Condition: A Minor Malaysian Detour

- Adele TAN

23. Undoing the Global: Contemporary Art of Singapore

- June YAP, 葉又丹

24. Drafting History: Meditation on Location, Institutions and Myth-Making in Visual Arts in Postcolonial Singapore


25. Metonym and Metaphor, Islands and Continents: Reflections on Curating Contemporary Art from Southeast Asia

- LEE Wengchoy, 李永財

Charting Thoughts: Essays on Art in Southeast Asia
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