Selected Texts on Art and Art History in Singapore, Malaysia & Southeast Asia, 1973 â€“ 2015 – T.K. Sabapathy Ahmad Mashadi Susie Lingham Peter Schoppert Joyce Toh ISBN 9789810000000 Power Publications 2018 Paperback
This anthology of eminent Singaporean art historian T.K. Sabapathy’s texts, selected from over four decades (1973 2015) of art critical and historical texts, brings together, for the first time, a cogent selection of the most important and influential writings of one of the region’s foremost art historians, selected to represent the scope and depth of Sabapathy’s work. From the early 1970s, T.K. Sabapathy has been a tireless historian and educator, penetrating critic and ardent advocate and advisor of the visual arts and culture, and his vast output has been foundational in the building of the modern and contemporary art history of Southeast Asia. This publication provides an opportunity for more focused (re)reading, review and renewed consideration of T.K. Sabapathy’s rich body of work, to further fuel modern and contemporary art writing, research and exhibition-making.
For many artists, curators, writers and art institutions in Southeast Asia, Sabapathy has been and continues to be a leading and an inspiring thinker, mentor and interlocutor. Writing the Modern will long serve as an index to the future mappings of the art histories of the region.
Writing the Modern brings together 57 texts of varying forms and lengths from exhibition reviews, catalogue essays, artist interviews, conference papers, speeches, lectures, extracts of monographic studies, personal correspondence organised within four thematic sections, each receded by editorial overviews:
Section 1: â€˜The Southeast Asian Artist in Relation to Art History,’ edited with overview by Joyce Toh;
Section 2: Mind for Method, and an Eye for Medium, Material and Form,’ edited with overview by Susie Lingham;
Section 3: Institutions and the Exhibition,’ edited with overview by Peter Schoppert;
Section 4: Regional Perspectives on Southeast Asian Art,’ edited with overview by Ahmad Mashadi.