Pictures Publishers, Art Books, the Netherlands
By Ana Gaspar, Antonio Casanovas, Jean Couteau
Until the publication of Lempad, a Timeless Balinese Master, edited by renowned international art experts Ana & Antonio Casanovas together with Pictures Publishers, no book and no meaningful catalogue had ever been published about the great Balinese artist I Gusti Nyoman Lempad (1862?–1978). Yet Lempad is an acknowledged icon of Balinese art, his reputation unmatched.
Lempad owes this reputation to his numerous innovations, made at different historical periods, and in different types of art. He can actually be considered one of the first Balinese modern artists or one that became a bridge between traditional and modern art. Prior to the late 1920s and the arrival of Walter Spies and Western artists in Ubud, he was mainly known as an architect or “undagi”, after that date he became a black and white drawing master.
“Lempad, a Timeless Balinese Master” gives a complete presentation of the artist’s creativity such as depicted above. The book is accompanied by rich illustrations and by complete information about the artist’s biography, historical and cultural environment as well as style and aesthetics. The book also contains a detailed narrative depiction and artistic evaluation of the 252 artworks presented in full color page, 198 drawings and 54 sculptures, all of which are scattered in Museums or private collections around the world.
Lempad is at last, 36 years after his death, obtaining full recognition for what he really is: a timeless master with Balinese soul but universal mind who could sit side by side with internationally renown artists such as Miquel Angelo or Gaudi and whose work, we consider, deserves to be known as part of the world artistic heritage.
The editors Ana Gaspar and Antonio Casanovas are specialist art dealers who have been working in the art world for the last 30 years. Their passion for art in general and their love for Indonesia and for Bali in particular allowed them to discover Lempad , do the necessary research along the last seven years and publish the first book ever done on the artist whom they consider a “Maestro”.
Jean Couteau, a reputed specialist of Balinese culture (main co-writer of Time, Rites and Festivals in Bali 2013) is also well known as an art writer: he has written a number of artbooks on some of the most important painters of Indonesia (Lempad, Affandi, Srihadi Sudarsono, Walter Spies among others) and has been senior editor of the C-Arts Magazine. He also wrote the introductory piece for the Indonesian pavilion at the 2013 Venice Biennale and, the same year was a guest speaker at the World Culture Forum in Nusa Dua. Last but not least, he is a regular columnist for the cultural page of the Kompas Sunday weekly edition – in Indonesian, and an excellent speaker and debater in Indonesian.
Size: 34 cm x 27 cm x 4 cm
Cover: Hardcover with jacket
Shipping Weight: 4 kg
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