Lempad of Bali


Text by John Darling and Bruce W Carpenter and H.I.R. Hinzler and Kaja M. McGowan and Adrian Vickers and Soemantri Widagdo
424 pp, 277 mm x 360 mm

ISBN: 978-981-4385-97-8

Category: Art & Fashion
Theme: Indonesia

Lempad of Bali has been produced by the Museum Puri Lukisan in Ubud in conjunction with a major retrospective exhibition of the renowned Balinese artist I Gusti Nyoman Lempad. With some 600 illustrations, the book will function as a catalogue raisonneé dedicated to the life and and art of this seminal artist, who has been rightly called the father of the Balinese Pita Maha group of artists. The texts will be authored by a team of five respected experts including John Darling, the director of the acclaimed film on Lempad of the same name, Hedi Hinzler, senior professor and Bali expert at Leiden University, Kaja McGowan, the curator of the Claire Holt collection and professor at Cornell University, Adrian Vickers, professor at Sydney University, Soemantri Widagdo, curator of the Museum Puri Lukisan, and Bruce W. Carpenter, Indonesian art expert. 
Other institutions participating in the book include the Library of Congress, the American Museum of Natural History, the San Francisco Asian Art Museum, Leiden University, Leiden Ethnographic Museum, Delft Nusantara Museum, Vienna Ethnographic Museum, Cornell University, the Gallery of New South Wales and Sydney University.

A student of art history and fluent in four languages, Carpenter has been resident in Bali since the early 1970s when he arrived from Europe as an aspiring young artist. Inspired by Indonesian and Balinese art, he has authored and co-authored more than twenty books and scores of articles on the archipelago’s art, history and culture including W.O.J. Nieuwenkamp: The First European Artist in Bali; Batak Sculpture; Nias Sculpture; and Gold Jewellery of the Indonesian Archipelago. In 1996 he founded and curated the non-profit Ganesha Gallery at the Four Seasons Resort in Jimbaran. Dedicated to young Indonesian and Balinese artists it would mount more than two hundred exhibitions in close to twenty years. He has collaborated with numerous noted scholars over the years. Carpenter first visited Puri Lempad in 1974 and struck up an enduring friendship with Gusti Made Sumung that lasted until his death in 1994. He is currently working on two book projects on Indonesian tribal art. 

An Australian-born filmmaker, academic and poet, John Darling studied history at both Canberra and Oxford. In 1969 he arrived in Bali as a young traveller. The island became his home for the next twenty years. John’s film career began serendipitously when he and filmmaker, Lorne Blair, decided to film the cremation of Lempad. The internationally acclaimed result, Lempad of Bali (1978), is a classic. Darling would go on to produce and direct eight more documentary films in Indonesia. In the 1990s Darling was a lecturer in Media Studies at Murdoch University, Perth and later a Visiting Fellow at the Australian National and Monash universities. He died in Perth in 2011.  A year later the John Darling Fellowship supporting Indonesian documentary filmmakers was established. Earlier this year Darling’s memoirs of Lempad and his film Lempad of Bali were released on www.lempad.net where they can be downloaded for free.

Professor of Southeast Asian Studies at Leiden University, Hedi Hinzler began her career studying the archaeology and ancient history of Southeast Asia with Sanskrit, Old Javanese and Cultural Anthropology as secondary subjects at the University of Leiden. She also took private lessons from senior Balinese scholar, Christiaan Hooykaas. Hinzler taught archaeology, ancient history, epigraphy, performing arts and contemporary art of Southeast Asia at Leiden University until 2007.  Concentrating on Bali, she has conducted fieldwork in various parts of South and Southeast Asia since 1972. Author and co-author of scores of books and scholarly articles on Southeast Asian, Indonesian and Balinese studies she is an authority on a number of diverse subjects. She is currently researching wayang puppet theatre and the diets of ancient and modern Balinese and Javanese.

Kaja McGowan is associate professor of the History of Art, Archaeology and Visual Studies at Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, home to one of the oldest and most prestigious Southeast Asian Study Programs in the United States. She is currently the Director of the Southeast Asia Program. She studied Balinese dance and performance as an undergraduate and is co-author of Ida Bagus Made: The Art of Devotion, the book published for the first of the Masters of the Pita Maha exhibitions at Museum Puri Lukisan. She is currently working with materials in the Claire Holt Collection at Cornell, and is planning an edited volume and conference in 2016–2017 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the life and work of this remarkable woman, culminating in her magnum opus, Art in Indonesia: Continuities and Change (1967). 

Dr Adrian Vickers works at the University of Sydney where he holds a professorial chair in Southeast Asian Studies in the Faculty of Arts and is Director of the Asian Studies Program. Born and raised in a small town in rural New South Wales, he was introduced to the vibrant culture of Indonesia while still at junior high school. He began fieldwork in Indonesia in the 1970s and graduated with a doctorate. His distinguished academic career has seen him research and publish on the cultural history of Indonesia and Southeast Asia. Recent projects include the development of a virtual museum of Balinese painting, and a history of pearling in north Australia and eastern Indonesia. Adrian’s books include the highly popular Bali: A Paradise Created (1997), A History of Modern Indonesia (2013) and Balinese Art: Paintings and Drawings of Bali, 1800−2010 (2012). 

Born in Indonesia, Soemantri Widagdo studied chemical engineering at the University of Pennsylvania. Co-author of numerous articles and a textbook on the subject, he held a series of posts over the years, the last as the director of Research and Development Department in Southeast Asia for the large American company 3M. He became involved with Balinese art in 1994 when he visited Bali and became a close confidante and student of the renowned Balinese artist Ida Bagus Made Poleng. In the last two decades he has worked closely with the Museum Puri Lukisan as their chief curator and international liaison. He has curated numerous exhibitions at the Museum Puri Lukisan and is co-author of Ida Bagus Made Poleng: The Art of Devotion. 


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