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Artist reopening long hidden chapter

  • Margaret Agusta

    Contributor

Jakarta   /   Sun, June 29 2008   /  10:56 am
(JP/Ricky Yudhistira)(JP/Ricky Yudhistira)

(JP/Ricky Yudhistira) The three aging men, the tallest wearing a brimmed cap reminiscent of the kind New York sidewalk newsboys used to wear, the shortest a baseball cap, and the third a beret, stood proudly in front of the huge banner covering the wall near the entrance to the vast main exhibition hall of the National Gallery. The walls around them were filled with huge canvasses and carved wooden reliefs, with an occasional sculpture looming up from a central spot on the gallery floor. The banner behind them boldly declared their artistic and political stances. First, that artists must understand politics in order to inform their work toward building a just and prosperous society. Second, that the quality of a work of art is determined by its capacity to merge the aesthetic with the ideological. Third, that artists must strive to improve their profe...