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Art of the Second Generation: Beyond Fact & Fiction


Art of the Second Generation: Beyond Fact & Fiction

23 Sep - 23 Oct 2005

About Singapore Art Show 2005

Art of the Second Generation, a curated exhibition of the Singapore Art Show 2005 and co-organised by the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA), will feature recent works by 10 artists whose contributions highlight their relevance and vibrancy in Singapore art today.
Artists of that generation, which include Anthony Poon, Chieu Shuey Fook, Eng Tow and Tay Chee Toh, among others, started practising in the late 50s and 60s, following their education in the tradition of NAFA and its foremost pioneers, such as Chen Wen Hsi, Cheong Soo Pieng and Georgette Chen.
The artists of their time explored medium and thought in innovative and meaningful ways. That they continue to practice today testifies to their dedication and an infinite and involved dialogue with art. There is something in the spirit of discovery and notion of strength that reinforces their artistic lineage.
Says Ms Bridget Tracy Tan, NAFA¡¯s Director (Gallery & Theatre): ¡°The artists of the Second Generation in Singapore are, very broadly speaking, a group of practitioners specific to a time and artistic education after a fashion."
"These artists would have been born in the 1930s and the 1940s, evolving their careers and practices between the 50s and the 70s. In a young and developing country like Singapore, this infers a very specific environment in which these artists were born and bred. By the 1950s, the only arts academy (NAFA) was in full swing, having established a strong base and reputation following the Second World War.¡±
¡°The local artistic community was thriving, while the pinnacles reached in Europe and a little later, America, would echo around the world. If there was ever a precursor to a kind of globalisation sparring with the tenets of modern culture, the 60s was such a precocious decade of audacity and liberation. It might have been an age of rock and reflection, unashamed and unafraid,¡± she adds.
Exhibition Details:

Official Opening     : 30 September 2005 (Friday), 6.30pm, NAFA Gallery 3

Exhibition Period   : 23 September ¨C 23 October 2005

Opening Hours      : 10am ¨C 7pm (Mon ¨C Sat); closed on Sundays & public holidays

Venue            : Gallery 3, NAFA Campus 1, 80 Bencoolen Street, S189655

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About Singapore Art Show 2005
Organised by the National Arts Council, the Singapore Art Show 2005 is a newly dedicated national platform to showcase a wide range of distinctive and outstanding artworks by Singapore artists. Taking place over four weeks from 23 September, the events held at various locations across the island will showcase a wide range of distinctive and outstanding artworks by Singapore artists through a series of exhibitions and participatory activities.

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