Astri Wright

Semsar Siahaan: In memoriam (2005)

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Astri Wright - 28 Feb 05 Semsar Siahaan: In memoriam Semsar Siahaan, known to many people in Victoria involved with art, human rights activism, and Indonesia, died of a sudden heart attack in Tabanan, Bali, on Wednesday February 23rd. Semsar was born in Medan, capital of North Sumatra, Indonesia, in 1952, a Batak with...

Nindityo Adipurnomo: From solo to mass, spiritual to social (2003)

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Astri Wright - 01 Aug 03 It was all much simpler in the late 1980s. Then Nindityo Adipurnomo was a painter, just graduated from art school. A painter who fitted neatly into the category of contemporary Asian artists adapting select materials and styles of Euro-American invention as foreign media with which, combined...

Abdul Aziz (1928 - 2002): In memoriam

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Astri Wright - 01 Feb 02 Abdul Aziz (1928 - 2002) Nationalist and revolution era painter Abdul Aziz passed away on January 22nd, at 10.30 am. He was buried the same afternoon in accordance with Muslim custom. Being a Hero of the Republic for his services in the Revolutionary Student Army, 1949, Abdul Aziz was put to...

Hendra Gunawan returns to Indonesian public (2001)

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Astri Wright - 16 Sep 01 Hendra Gunawan returns to Indonesian public Astri Wright, an associate professor at the University of Victoria in Canada and a long-standing researcher of modern and contemporary Indonesian art, is the co-author of Hendra Gunawan: A Great Modern Indonesian Painter, a new work on the life and...

Diyanto at Museum of Modern Art, Pessau, Germany (2001)

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Astri Wright - 02 Sep 01 Diyanto at Museum of Modern Art, Pessau Modern Indonesian art is making inroads in new places. The Cafe Museum exhibition, in the Museum of Modern Art in the small southern German town of Passau, includes works by Indonesian painter Diyanto, who is also one of 14 artists taking part in the...

Contemporary batik collaborations: Mountain meets ocean (2001)

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Astri Wright - 27 May 01 Contemporary batik collaborations On June 1, a unique exhibition opens at the National Gallery. Not only are the art works which will be hanging there unusually long; their textures and consistencies are dramatically different from what is usually encountered in contemporary art galleries....

Sudjana Kerton at the Mexican Embassy, Jakarta (2000)

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Astri Wright - 08 Jun 00 Residents and visitors to Jakarta can now see an exhibition of the late Sudjana Kerton’s art which is quite different from earlier exhibits in Jakarta. Exhibited through the end of this week at the Mexican Embassy residence is a selection from last year’s major exhibition in Yogyakarta that...

Yoes Rizal at Taman Ismail Marzuki, Jakarta (2000)

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Astri Wright - 16 Apr 00 Yoes Rizal at Taman Ismail Marzuki, Jakarta Emerging bodies, an exhibition of 22 paintings by Yoes Rizal is showing at Taman Ismail Marzuki, from April 18 to April 27. With this exhibition, the importance of the human figure as the vehicle for commentary on the human condition in all its...

Semsar Siahaan: Hero into exile (2000)

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Astri Wright - 02 Apr 00 With Suharto gone, Indonesia’s most outrageous anti-Suharto artist chooses exile. Why? Semsar Siahaan: Hero into exile Born in blood by the authority of guns, the New Order’s preferred art was sweetly decorative and/or abstract-spiritual. Fine art genres in themselves, they were also seen as...

Indonesian artists reflect on past horrors (2000)

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Astri Wright - 16 Jan 00 The staged and spontaneous riots with violent repercussions in Jakarta in early 1998, leading to Soeharto’s stepping down, continue to reverberate through contemporary Indonesian art. While this was evident at home, throughout 1998 and 1999, it has become increasingly evident abroad as well. The...

Yumie Kono at Rogue Gallery, Victoria, Canada (1998)

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Astri Wright - 02 Sep 98 Yumie Kono at Rogue Gallery Since the early 1970s, Japanese artist Yumie Kono has established herself both in Japan and in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, where she exhibits regularly. Defying being type-cast as a "Japanese" artist abroad, she has, over the past 20 years made choices in...

Hilda Soemantri in Victoria, British Columbia (1998)

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Astri Wright - 24 May 98 Hilda Soemantri holds a long list of "firsts". One is that she is the first Asian scholar to be Orion Program Artist-in-Residence, an exchange program at the Faculty of Fine Arts at the University of Victoria. It is the second time in two years that Hilda Soemantri has spent the spring...

Murni’s art not-Murni to who? (1998)

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Astri Wright - 27 Dec 97 Emerging woman artist in Bali shocks local audiences. Something is a-foot in Bali. Shoes with just the barest hint of legs disappear up into the sky. Tall boots with a life of their own cross streets in the rain. High heels smile from one end of a naked body. The front tips of a rainboot opens...

Indonesia: Why the art market needs art history (1997)

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Astri Wright - 15 Nov 97 Astri Wright offers her thoughts about how the art market can combat against thefts of artwork and forgeries in Indonesia. "Crime does not pay," the old saying goes. That is a truth, however, that must be qualified. When intelligence, careful planning and control of large networks of loyalty...

Modern & contemporary Indonesian art bibliography (1994)

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Astri Wright - 16 Dec 94 The following is an important resource for those interested in modern and contemporary Indonesian painting, art and its cultural context. Modern & contemporary Indonesian art bibliography A > Achdiat K. Mihardja. (1950). Berkelana ke Alam Keindahan. Jakarta: Balai Pustaka. > Cindy Adams....

Dede Eri Supria: Urban chronicles (1994)

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Astri Wright - 05 Jul 94 Excerpt from Astri Wright’s book Soul, spirit and mountain: Preoccupations of contemporary Indonesian painters. Dede Eri Supria Dede Eri Supria (b. 1956), Indonesia’s most important urban painter, takes photographic images of the metropolis apart and reassembles them into disconcerting but...

Affandi: The existentialist self-portrait [1] (1994)

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Astri Wright - 04 Jun 94 Excerpt from Astri Wright’s book Soul, spirit and mountain: Preoccupations of contemporary Indonesian painters. Affandi Affandi (1907?-90) is among the first Indonesian painters to become preoccupied with the human condition and to probe the depths of human emotional experience in all its...

Affandi (1907-1990): The setting of a warming sun (1990)

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Astri Wright - 25 May 90 It was November 1987 and I was standing in the half-light, in the middle of the old Affandi gallery (the new museum was not finished yet), when there was a flourish of activity by the door. The museum attendants all gathered there, and even I felt some kind of anticipation, though I did not...

Mella Jaarsma & Nindityo Adipurnomo (1990)

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Astri Wright - 23 May 90 Mella Jaarsma & Nindityo Adipurnomo The forces of history roll ahead, leading men and women into the unknown; the lives of people and nations turn out in ways that could not have been predicted. But the unknown of time and space has become a smaller entity than it once was, and more men...

Bali offers access to Indonesia’s modern art (1989)

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Astri Wright - 17 Apr 89 Bali offers access to Indonesia’s modern art Bali is known throughout the world for its wealth of traditional visual and performing arts, flourishing ever more under the accelerated influx of tourists from all parts of the world. What is not so well known, yet, is that Bali also offers easy...

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