A warm welcome back to this special issue of Bazaar Art. In our second edition, we once again bring to light current issues and happenings in the world of the arts both regionally and within the country. Our contributor Clara Bianpoen talks about the shifts and trends regarding the integration of tradition and culture to the contemporary works of many artists. While Astari Rasyid and Heri Dono are two artists who have elevated the roots of their culture into a fresh new aesthetic (page 60).
Through our articles, we also illuminate the ways art is infused into the many facets of lifestyle, fashion, music, film, design, architecture, and more. In fashion, collaborations between labels and artists continue to flourish, a trend also increasingly prominent in the cinematic arts. The cult sequel that reached over 3.5 million viewers, Ada Apa Dengan Cinta? 2 seamlessly weaves local arts into its storyline. All these constitute steps forward towards introducing and instilling greater appreciation for the arts. Architecture and design also become elevated when artistic influences are at play, and the home of Simon Tan is the epitome of just that—every corner tastefully housing pieces of artwork. We were invited into his private gallery that holds over 40 works of the great Handiwirman (page 128). As a die-hard collector of Handiwirman’s pieces, Tan regards Handi’s abstract pieces as some of the most artistic, with lines that appear efficient and colors that are chosen in a very cognizant way.
The arts can truly be food for the soul, a medium to express feelings, as well as a statement piece for the self.
On August 25-28, the largest art exhibition in Indonesia, Bazaar Art Jakarta, will be held for its 8th consecutive year (pages 97), highlighted by the presence of prominent galleries, art performances, art educational programs that are sure to enlighten, charity auctions, fashion installations, and a special pop-up restaurant by Chef Yann Bernard Lejard to complete the experience (page 118).
We truly hope you find the food for your soul. Enjoy.