Intuition / Abstraction
11 - 13 August 2017
Sheraton Grand Jakarta, Gandaria City
The story of art as it concerns abstract art in Indonesia has often been narrated as a story of two contending cities, Bandung – where artists gathered exploring the –isms of 20th century western modern art – and Yogyakarta, where artists in revolutionary times made art reflecting the realities of daily life. In fact, the story runs deeper if we choose to venture further.
The artists who form the core of the Bandung School were predominantly concerned with the expression of spirituality through their works but they were voracious observers of reality as well, drawing thematic inspiration from nature and people around them. Meanwhile, in Yogyakarta, Fadjar Sidik
and other like-minded artists worked ceaselessly in an abstract vocabulary, against the prevailing realist orientation of art in the city. And in Jakarta, particularly during the nation-building era of the 1960s, four prominent Sumatra-born artists – Oesman Effendi, Zaini
, and Rusli – gathered around the less polemical and less formalist-oriented environs of Taman Ismail Marzuki, leading the movement for a intuition-led and largely non-representational branch of abstract painting.
Art Agenda, S.E.A. is pleased to showcase the works of these artists vital to the development of abstract art in Indonesia in the 20th century as we begin to narrate an expanded story of modern Indonesian art.