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Weighing Up Burden in Jumaadi’s Works

Pain and suffering are not always terrifying or ugly. There are a number of works that purposefully take suffering as its subject matter. Take, for example, the painting Pieta with St. Jerome and Santa Maria Magdalena by Pietro Perugino, or an even more extreme example of the terrifying, the slab of beef in Chaim...

As the Year of the Dragon Commences, the Fortune Arises

Happy Lunar New Year! As the year of the Dragon sails in, may our days be filled with courage and determination to accomplish this year‟s goals and resolutions. We wish for a continuous rise of the art market and an immense success for the artists, both in their artistic achievement as well as their...

GREY Exhibition – When Art Faces Uncertainty

Heridono, Main Bola (Soccer) Talenta Organizer, art management and art event organizer – set up an art exhibition titled Grey, as a continuation from the previous exhibition of Orientasi 20+ (Jogya Living Artists) in December 2012. Grey is organized in one of the biggest shopping mall in Central Jakarta – Grand Indonesia Shopping Town, 13...

Traces of Islamic Spirituality in Kitamura’s Steel Engraving

With the technique of steel engraving from his country, Yasutaka Kitamura exhibits calligraphic works with Islamic themes. Artists often raise issues about spirituality in their works. We are aware that there are many artists who create works out of the initiatives of the religious institutions they belong to, or especially dedicate their faith in the...

Is there a Future for Glass Painting from Cirebon

Once sacred, now glass painting from Cirebon is considered as nothing more than cheap craft. Bentara Budaya Jakarta (BBJ) organized the exhibition “Cultural Heritage, Wangsa Cerbon-Dermayu” on 13-23 June 2013, which showed masks, pottery, batik, wayang, and glass painting. Its historical background shows that the glass painting of Cerbon and Dermayu was initially meant for...