The “Narratives In Malaysian Art” book series is now available for free download



The holiday season is a time for giving and the publication in four volumes Malay Art Stories, comprising republished texts, essays, conversations and interviews on the development of visual art in Malaysia, now disseminates knowledge and brings joy to readers and researchers interested in local art.

The acclaimed book series has been widely available for free download here.

“The eBooks are a PDF of the original editions, with only the noted errata corrected and no other changes. We hope this will ensure the availability of Narratives in Malaysian art (and its Bahasa Malaysia version Naratif Seni Rupa Malaysia) current and future researchers and general readers, both local and foreign ”, underlines a press release from the editorial team.

These digital editions are published under a Creative Commons license by RogueArt, a Malaysian art publisher / consultant.

Whether you are an artist, sculptor, multimedia artist, graphic designer, illustrator, art student or curious reader, this series of books – some volumes of which are now out of print – offers a fascinating and informative glimpse into artistic culture. Malaysian.

Narratives In Malaysian Art Volume 1: Imagining Identities, published in 2012, brings together a collection of essays that sheds light on how art has provided artists with the means to imagine themselves and the Malaysian nation.

In 2013, Narratives in Malaysian Art Volume 2: Reactions – New Critical Strategies has been freed. The book examines the ways in which Malaysian artists have responded to the socio-political events that have unfolded in Malaysia, as well as the changing approaches and attitudes in artistic creation over the past 45 years.

This third volume entitled Infrastructures, was published in 2016. It examines the development of structures that support art and the appreciation of art in Malaysia. Capturing some of the history of the art scene over decades, it also examines the state of our infrastructure today, mapping key areas of art institutions, artist-run initiatives, the art market , arts education and art. writing and publication.

Perspectives, the fourth and final volume was published in 2019. It examines how we view Malaysian art, as well as the forces and motivations that have shaped our understanding of its role and development.

The editors involved in the various publications are Nur Hanim Khairuddin, Beverly Yong, TK Sabapathy, Rahel Joseph, Tengku Sabri Ibrahim, Yap Sau Bin and Simon Soon.

To coincide with the Narratives in Malaysian art For the 10th anniversary of the project next year, an online initiative “Malaysian Art Resource Index-Indeks Sumber Seni Malaysia (MARI-ISSM)” was also recently launched.

This is an open-ended collaborative project where publishers, writers, researchers and others can use and contribute to a growing collection of digital reference material available on Malaysian art. More information:



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