Veteran artist Lim Tze Peng, despite his early success, had never been contented with rehashing old styles throughout his long and varied artistic career. One would have expected the Cultural Medallion awarded to Lim in 2003 to have been the height of his career, and yet he continued to astound his followers and collectors with a series of imaginative, innovative, and out of the mould exhibitions, from Infinite Gestures (2006) to Inroads (2008-9). This was partly in effect to his advanced age, now unable to handle the bodily stress of painting en plein air. The artists Qi Baishi and Huang Binhong had set a precedent of attaining a changed and advanced aesthetic in old age, and Lim Tze Peng can be said to have joined this select canon.
artcommune proudly presents "Heart Orientations: Lim Tze Peng’s Abstract Revolution", to be held on 19 to 27 August 2017. This exhibition will focus on the aesthetic change during the period of 2006-9, when his art took an unexpected turn towards a daring and visionary abstraction, taking on a distinct aesthetic language. Change, however, is never easily charted. By interviewing several players in the Singapore art world, this exhibition has attempted to pay deserved attention to extraneous factors contributing to his aesthetic revolution. His artistic turn is one that should be remembered and kept close to heart, and this exhibition hopes to give it the prominence it should deserve.
In conjunction with the exhibition, our guest curator, Tan Yong Jun, will be giving an art talk on 26 August 2017, 3 - 4 pm. "Charting Change – The Abstract Revolution of Lim Tze Peng’s Art" will provide a narrative of Lim Tze Peng’s aesthetic change, including the detailing of the interplay of intrinsic and extrinsic motivators. This is a free-admission event but registration is required.
Exhibition Period: 19 - 27 August 2017
Venue: artcommune gallery, 231 Bain Street, #03-39, S180231
Opening hours: 12 – 7 pm
"Charting Change – The Abstract Revolution of Lim Tze Peng’s Art" by Mr. Tan Yong Jun
Date: 26th August 2017
Time: 3 - 4 pm (1 hour)
Speaker's Profile: Mr. Tan Yong Jun. Yong Jun is studying for a BA Hons (Cantab) in History in the University of Cambridge. His research interest mainly involves 19th and 20th century Sinitic intellectual and cultural history, through examination of its material culture and its associated manifestations, including art collections. His undergraduate dissertation will examine the formation of a Sinitic, counter-culture public sphere in pre-War Singapore, through the practices of Chinese art collecting.
Who should attend: New collectors, art students or art enthusiasts who would like a deeper understanding on Lim Tze Peng's artistic process and evolution
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