This book investigates the meanings of Malaysian modern and postmodern art through the understanding of social and political conditions that shape the emerging middle class in which Malaysian artists belong by exploring how Malaysian artists’ preoccupation has shifted from Malay/Islamic-centric artistic tendencies to a scare postmodern outlook. Malaysian art that is presumed to be postmodern can either be one that evokes a conscious racial or religious identity, art that manifests or highlights class interests, or art that loses its locality and inheres a sense of cosmopolitanism as it the artistic themes and subject matter crosses natiocal border,. Drawing from the fields of art history, cultural history, sociology and Malaysian Studies in particular, this book investigates the forme of postmodernity in Malaysian art, discussing the shift from modern to postmodern outlook in the context of situasi percamoden, or Malaysia’s “postmodern situation.”
About the author: Sarena Abdullah (PhD), is a Senior Lecturer at the School of the Arts, Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM). She was awarded the London, Asia Research Award, by Paul-Mellon Centre, London and Asian Art Archive, Hong Kong in 2017-2018. She was one of the Field Leaders for Ambitious Alignments. New Histories of Southeast Asian Art, a research project led by the Power Institute, The University of Sydney and funded by the Getty Foundation in 2015. She was also the recipient of the 2016 and 2017 CAA-Getty Travel Grant as part of the CAA-Getty International and Reunion Program.