Ed­i­tor's Let­ter

Harper's Bazaar Art (Indonesia) - - Table Of Content -

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.

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