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Early Singapore Through the Lens of Colonial Artists
16 Nov 2019
11:00am – 12:00pm
Level 5, Possibility Room
The visual representations (notably in paintings and prints) of early Singapore left behind by Western artists in the 19th century are often overlooked. These artists were sojourners, part of scientific expeditions or members of the colonial establishment. Using the works of J.T. Thomson as a starting point, this talk will examine the function of their body of works, their subject matter and aesthetic merits.
Jeffrey Say is an art historian and has been instrumental in the development of art history studies at LASALLE College of the Arts. In 2009, he designed the world’s first Master’s programme focusing on Asian modern and contemporary art histories. He is a frequent speaker at museums, universities and galleries, and conducts short courses which are hugely popular. He is the co-editor of Histories, Practices, Interventions: A Reader in Singapore Contemporary Art (2016).
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