Friday, May 27, 2011

Trubus and the Woman in a Green Kebaya (1954)



Completed in 1954 by the rather enigmatic Trubus Soedarsono (Yogyakarta, 1926-1966), the Woman in Green Kebaya is a unique painting.

Trubus is usually known for his amazing realist technique. He is also known for his painterly strokes, which he —either using a brush or a palette knife— applies swiftly to express his artistic sensitivity. The combination of his realism and his swift painterly strokes is what made him famous.

The Woman in Green Kebaya also shows his swift painterly strokes, the floral motifs on the woman's green kebaya seem to even jump out onto the background of the painting. The painting is expressive, not of  the movement of the Legong dancer whom he often paints, but rather it seems to be expressive of his own excitement in painting this piece.

Who is the subject of the painting?

Let us compare the painting with two other works by Trubus, depicting women in kebaya, from the collection of the President Soekarno.


Trubus S - Woman of Djogja - 1952 - oil on canvas - 108 x 88 cm
President Sukarno Collection Volume I  p. 31


Painted two years earlier , the Woman of Djogja shows a striking similarity to to the Woman in a Green Kebaya. While the subject of the painting might not be the same person, the kebaya that is worn seems very much alike. The painting is also done in the same loose, informal, painterly style.


Trubus Soedarsono - Portrait of Mrs T - 1955 - oil on canvas - 86 x 65 cm -
President Sukarno Collection Volume IV  p. 16


The Portrait of Mrs T,  on the other hand, is painted a year later, and is done in a markedly realist manner. It seems that it was the style of the times to wear bluish-green kebaya ornamented with floral motifs.

 

 

The images from the President Sukarno Collection have been taken from the website of the Indonesian Visual Art Archive: http://oa.ivaa-online.org/

Friday, May 20, 2011

Other Special Lots in this Auction

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Here is a selection of some of the other special lots in our upcoming Fine Art Auction on May 29th, 2011. If you would like to know more about any of the works, please do let me know, by writing a comment below. I will respond as soon as possible.

All the best,

Amir

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Affandi and Family


Indonesia’s most famous artist, Affandi, was not alone in his world of art. He is a grand patriarch of a family of artists. Affandi encouraged his wife Maryati and daughter Kartika to paint, and other family members have also become artists.


Since she was a teenager, Kartika went along with her father, whenever he allowed her to come along when he was going to paint. She quickly absorbed her father’s technique, and adopted it as her own. Although until this day, Kartika Affandi seeems to continue to be under the shadow of her infamous father, she is actually a painter in her own right. To Kartika, painting is part of her daily life, and to her, there is not a day that goes by without painting.






Kartika’s first husband, Sapto Hoedoyo, was also an accomplished painter who belonged to another prominent family of artists.


Having lived with Affandi for decades, painting seems to come naturally for Maryati. During their stay in Europe in the 1970s, Maryati accompanied Affandi going around to find interesting subjects to paint. Sometimes, when she considered the subject that Affandi painted was also of interest to her, she would paint it as well, in her own unique naive style. While Affandi’s depiction of the Eiffel Tower is well-known, Maryati’s lesser known version is actually no less interesting.

The following lots (lots #061 to 091) include the works of Affandi, Maryati Kartika, Kartika Affandi, Sapto Hoedoyo, and some other artworks related to Bali from the collection of an Affandi family member.



While visiting his grand-daughter Helfi and her husband Urbain Dirix, who lived in Belgium in the mid-1970s, Affandi became interested in the art of printmaking.

In 1977, he joined a printmaking workshop at the Frans Masereel Center for Graphix in the small village of Kasterlee in Belgium. While working on various printmaking techniques, including etching and lithography, Affandi also worked on lithography.

Affandi and Grand-daughter, is one of the pieces created at the Masereel Center. The lot below is the final product, enhanced with pastels.





The Indonesian maestro Affandi passed away in 1990. Despite his old age, and weakening physical condition, he was eager to always create art. He attempted to produce a self portrait as late as 1989.

A certificate from Affandi Art Gallery signed by Helfi Dirix, grand-daughter of Affandi and Maryati, daughter of Kartika and Sapto Hoedoyo, accompanies the artworks created by the Affandi family members.


Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Lelang Baju - KOMPAS.com

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CARMANITADesign Auction

Tuesday, November 16, 2010 | 3:42 pm

During the  Dewi Fashion Knight event at the Jakarta Fashion Week, last week, a piece of Carmanita's design was sold at a charity auction for Rp 30 million. The auction was intended to help victims of natural disasters in Wasior, Mentawai, and Mount Merapi.

The fashion designer who was born in Bandung, July 10, 1956, was asked come up onto the stage, explaining the  design, which was made ​​of woven Makassar silk. "Why is it so quiet. For me, who is used to a riot, this atmosphere is too quiet," was the first sentence Carmanita said in the presence of an audience of about 750 persons.

Acting as an auctioneer wass Amir Sidharta and Sari Nila. The price was opened at Rp. 3 million, which quickly rose to number tens of million rupiahs and then reached over Rp. 20 million.

Finally the auction closed with the highest bidder being Raline Shah from Medan, North Sumatra, who lived in Singapore for some time. In addition to Carmanita's design, also designs by Lenny Agustin and Andreas Odang were also auctioned off.

"I wonder how I will wear it," said Raline who claimed to have come from a family of oil palm plantation owners, currently trying out a career as a model in Jakarta.

The auction results certainly surprised the fashion designer. "I am very happy, my drape top fetched Rp. 30 million for a  charity for the victims of natural disasters. I am very proud," said Carmanita. (NMP)



CARMANITA

Lelang Baju

Selasa, 16 November 2010 | 03:42 WIB

Dalam acara Dewi Fashion Knight di Jakarta Fashion Week, pekan lalu, baju rancangan Carmanita terlelang seharga Rp 30 juta. Lelang ditujukan untuk membantu korban bencana alam di Wasior, Mentawai, dan Gunung Merapi.

Perancang busana kelahiran Bandung, 10 Juli 1956, itu diminta naik ke panggung, menjelaskan busana rancangannya yang terbuat dari tenun sutra Makassar. ”Kok sepi sekali. Buat saya yang biasa heboh, suasana ini sepi,” begitu kalimat pertama Carmanita di hadapan 750-an hadirin.

Sebagai juru lelang adalah Amir Sidharta dan Sari Nila. Harga dibuka dengan Rp 3 juta, dengan cepat naik ke angka belasan juta rupiah dan kemudian menembus Rp 20 juta.

Akhirnya lelang ditutup dengan penawar tertinggi Raline Shah asal Medan, Sumatera Utara, yang lama bermukim di Singapura. Selain baju rancangan Carmanita, juga dilelang baju karya Lenny Agustin dan Andreas Odang.

”Saya penasaran bagaimana cara memakai baju itu,” kata Raline yang mengaku berasal dari keluarga pengusaha perkebunan sawit dan baru menjajal karier sebagai model di Jakarta.

Hasil lelang tentu mengejutkan perancangnya. ”Saya bahagia sekali, baju atasan drape-ku dapat Rp 30 juta untuk sumbangan bencana alam. Saya sangat bangga,” ujar Carmanita.(NMP)

via Lelang Baju - KOMPAS.com.

Sidharta Auctioneer bantu lelang barang mode untuk amal di JFW 2011

From the Jakarta Fashion Week press release:

JFW 2010/11: Kolaborasi Gaya dan Kepedulian Sesama

Jakarta, 13 November 2010. Jakarta Fashion Week (JFW) 2010/11 mencapai puncaknya pada Jumat, 12 November kemarin. Pagelaran fashion akbar tahunan ini ditutup oleh Dewi Fashion Knights: "Style Spectrum" yang menampilkan karya 5 desainer pilihan yang dianggap mewakili semangat kekinian dan memiliki visi yang turut membentuk masa depan mode Indonesia, yakni Ali Charisma, Tex Saverio, Priyo Oktaviano, Stella Rissa dan Kiata Kwanda.

Sebagai acara fashion terbesar di Indonesia, JFW 2010/11 telah sukses mendatangkan 25.000 pengunjung yang terdiri dari para penikmat maupun pelaku industri fashion, termasuk 43 buyer, baik dari dalam negeri maupun luar negeri. “Kami dari Femina Group sangat senang melihat antusiasme dan tanggapan yang begitu postif dari masyarakat. Terbukti, mode juga memiliki potensi besar sebagai komoditas yang dapat menyokong ekonomi negara. Oleh karena itu, diperlukan peranan para desainer untuk membentuk komunitas mode dan industri kreatif yang inspiratif dan kolektif,” jelas Baslir Djamal, Ketua Pelaksana JFW 2010/11 dalam pidatop singkatnya di awal acara.

Pada acara Dewi Fashion Knight, dilakukan juga aksi lelang amal busana rancangan 3 desainer papan atas Indonesia, yang hasilnya akan disumbangkan untuk gerakan Fashion Peduli Dana Anak Korban Bencana. Aksi tersebut menuai sambutan positif dari para fashionista yang hadir. Terbukti, rancangan Lenny Agustin berhasil dilelang seharga Rp 5.000.000,-; karya Carmanita seharga Rp 27.000.000,-; dan karya Andreas Odang seharga Rp 7.000.000,-. Perlu dicatat, hingga tanggal 12 November 2010, aksi Pita Fashion Peduli yang digelar selama JFW 2010/11 berlangsung telah berhasil menghimpun dana sebesar Rp 838.900.000,-.
Sejalan dengan temanya, yakni Styling Modernity, JFW 10/11 diharapkan telah menjadi wadah dialog kreativitas dan bisnis dari pelaku fashion Indonesia dan juga mancanegara.

JFW 2010/11: Collaboration of Styles and Caring For Others

Jakarta, 13 November 2010. Jakarta Fashion Week (JFW) 2010/11 reached its peak yesterday, Friday, November 12th. The annual grand fashion show event was concluded with Dewi Fashion Knights: "Style Spectrum" featuring the work of select five designers  who are considered to be representive of the contemporary spirit and has visions that help shape the future of Indonesian fashion, namely Ali Charisma, Tex Saverio, Priyo Oktaviano, Stella Rissa and Kiata Kwanda.

As the largest fashion event in Indonesia, JFW 2010/11 has been successful in bringing 25,000 visitors comprising of the consumers and the actors of the fashion industry, including 43 buyers, both  domestic and international. "Femina Group is very pleased to see such enthusiasm and positive response from the community. Evidently, fashion also has great potential as a commodity that can support the country's economy. Therefore, it is necessary for designers to form an inspiring and collective community of fashion and creative industries," Baslir Djamal, Executive Director of the JFW 2010/11, said in his brief speech at the beginning of the show.

At the Dewi Fashion Knight event, a charity auction was held, featuring three fashion designs of Indonesia's top designers. The result was to be donated to the  Fashion Cares for Disaster Victims' Children Fund. The auction got a positive response from the fashionista who attended the show. The design of Lenny Agustin was bid and sold for Rp 5,000,000, the work of Carmanita got bids and was finally sold for Rp. 27.000.000, and work of Andrew Odang was auctioned for Rp 7,000,000. It should be noted, until November 12, 2010, Fashion Cares  Ribbon action that was held during JFW 2010/11   managed to collect funds amounting to Rp 838.9 million.
In line with the theme, namely Styling Modernity, JFW 10/11 is expected to have become a place of dialogue and creativity of the actors fashion business of Indonesia and abroad.

Monday, May 9, 2011

Dede Eri Supria’s “Tukang Daging”

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Dede Eri Supria’s “Tukang Daging” (also known as “Menunggu Pembeli/Waiting for Customers”) dates from 1981 and is amongst the earliest of the artist’s mature work.
Although painted in the ‘super-realist’ style of this period, it is not a  mere photographic record of reality.

Rather it appears as a telling documentation about the atmosphere of the times. The table, the awning, indeed the meat, depict elements of a roadside market which could be found anywhere in urban Indonesia, whereas the the dried cracked earth of the background is entirely unplaceable.

It is unemotional or even cold. The seller sits impassively; there is no interaction with his environment. The painting may appear ‘difficult’ in that it takes an easily recognizable element of the urban landscape so often portrayed by Dede and transposes it to a bleak setting as if to emphasize the anonymity, loneliness and alienation of the city.

The subject matter was certainly carefully chosen. The flesh of the meat that is being sold becomes a interesting metaphor for ephemerality or might even suggest sacrifice.

The painting is distinguished by fine brushwork and intense colors with the background rendered in a series of vertical bars each not quite aligned with the next. With the flat empty space leading to the far horizon it is compositionally similar to the well known “Isteriku/Portrait of my Wife” also dating from 1981.

It was painted during the formative period of Dede Eri Supria’s career as an artist. It is a very significant period in his artistic development, as the subject matters he painted were all deeply rooted in his thoughts and the cultural zeitgeist of the times.

“Tukang Daging” has been in the collection of the owner /vendor since 1984 when it was purchased from the artist. Regarding the painting, he mentioned that he “was attracted to its ‘uncompromising’ quality and how the main elements of the paining are so effectively juxtaposed.” He hopes that other collector would be able to also appreciate the work of art as he did, and provide a new home for the painting.

The piece will be featured in our Fine Art auction 29 May 2011.

Exhibition History, “Into the Labyrinth”, One-man show, 1997 (Jakarta Stock Exchange 5th anniversary)

Publications:

• Nirwan Dewanto, ed. “Into the Labyrinth”, Exhibition Catalogue, Jakarta Stock Exchange, 1997, (Titled “Menunggu Pembeli/Waiting for Customers”. Generally known as “Tukang Daging”), p. 38-39

• Agus Dermawan "Elegi Kota Besar" (Jakarta: Yayasan AiA), p. 42.

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Sunday, May 8, 2011

The Collection of the Late Mamannoor: A Chronicler of Indonesian Art

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In our Fine Art Auction, 29 May 2011, we will be auctioning the collection of the late  Mamannoor, Indonesian art critic and chronicler of Indonesian art. Here is what art critic Suwarno Wisetrotomo has to say about Mamannoor and his collection:

The Collection of the Late Mamannoor: A Chronicler of  Indonesian Art

A genuine friend who was always ready to listen, always ready to document and record, a spirited explorer, who was assiduous in maintaining his friendships, are the words that perhaps best defines Mamannoor (born in Losari, West Java, August 21, 1958, died in Bandung, October 7, 2007), a writer, critic, curator, and diligent art documentor. He often refers to himself as an "inquisitor" of art. Indeed, it is a true confession: he diligently observed, listened, and recorded the visual arts in the entire country of Indonesia. It was his ambition to document and publish. The result is the increase in awareness about and the heightening of the esteem and dignity of the artists who would have otherwise remained unnoticed by art enthusiasts, collectors, and the media, up to the point that they have established a sense of self-confidence of being an artist.

Mamannoor explored small towns in Java, Sumatra, Kalimantan, Sulawesi, and so forth, and gathered data about the artists in the cities. He was close friends with the late art critic Sanento Yuliman, and who seemed to have motivated him to publish art books. Therefore, he relentlessly took and compiled notes. As a result, a number of books published monographs and critical studies, among others, about AD Pirous, Popo Iskandar, Amang Rahman, Jeihan, Huang Fong, Umi Dahlan, Taat Joeda, and Pupuk DP, and a number of writings scattered in various catalogs. Mamannoor also published Wacana Kritik Seni Rupa Indonesia, Sebuah Telaah Kritik Jurnalistik dan Pendekatan Kosmologis (The Discourse Surrounding Indonesia Art Criticism, An Interpretation Using Critical Journalism and a Cosmological Approach)  published by Yayasan Nuansa Cendekia, Bandung, 2002, which was based on his master’s thesis during his graduate studies at  The Art and Design Faculty of the Bandung Institute of Technology (1998). The Nusantara Art Exhibition which became permanent program of the National Gallery of Indonesia (GNI) was Mamannoor’s idea, when he became one of the curators of the National Gallery in 1998-2003.

The brief explanation about Mamannoor’s all-encompassing efforts above, can be used as the basis to comprehend the existence of works which forms his art collection. He was not an art collector, in the sense that he did not actively collect art works. If he had a collection, it was certainly because there was a correlation between his profession as an art observer, chronicler, critic, and curator. That is to say that the works in his collection can be called a "monument to friendships" with the artists. The friendships were really dear, special, and priceless, just like the works of the collection. The value of friendships with the artists were to be permanently commemorated through the art works displayed on the wall of his residence.

Mamannoor’s collection was very diverse: it included works of artists from Barli Sasmitawinata, Amrus Natalsya, Heyi Ma'mun, Asri Nugroho Nuspakurimba, Cadio Tarompo, Makhfoed, Awiki, Redha Sorana, S. Yadi, Xue Jiye (China), Antonius Kho, Acep Zamzam Noor, Toto Sunu, Putut Wahyu Widodo, to the generation of young artists like Rosid, Zirwen Hasri, or Hojatul Islam. The names were familiar in the Indonesian art stage; from established artists until those who are still growing. More than just a personal expression of the artists (with all their tendencies and messages), collectively or even one by one, the works in Mamannoor’s collection are really "monuments to friendships", the witness of the numerous trips that the late art critic made, as well as all the attention, sincerity, love, and perseverance he dedicated to the art world.

--Suwarno Wisetrotomo (Art curator, critic, and a good friend of Mamannoor)

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Fine Art Auction 29 May 2011

Last February we had a great success in auctioning the Javanese Antique Furniture and Folk Art from the collection of David B. Smith in Ubud, Bali. We found new homes for many pieces in the prominent collection and we wish that the new owners are happy with the pieces they purchased. What we do is to find new collectors for collections, and for our Fine Art Auction, we have some interesting collections to offer.

We are proud to be able to feature collection of the an art critic, writer and “chronicler” of Indonesian art, the late Mamannoor, in our collection ( lots #024-052), and at the same time document the tokens of appreciation and friendship from fellow artists and  colleagues to his hard work and keen attention and dedication to Indonesian art. Indonesian art critic and friend of Mamannoor, Suwarno Wisetrotomo wrote a beautiful introduction to the collection emphasizing the value of friendship.

The works of members of the Affandi family from a collection of a close member of the Affandi family (lots #... - ...) comprise the second major collection in this auction. The pieces consist of several of Affandi’s original drawings and sketches, as well as various pieces related to his process of printmaking, and the etchings and lithographs that he produced. Some amazing paintings and artworks by Maryati, the maestro’s wife, who accompanied and painted along with Affandi during his travels in Europe in the 1970s, are also featured. Some of the best paintings by Affandi’s daughter and former son-in-law Sapto Hoedoyo complete the collection.

Alongside other Indonesian artists, Indonesian artists of Chinese descent have also shaped the development of Modern Indonesian art, since its early beginnings in the 1930s. A selection of the works of the most prominent artists, including Siauw Tik Kwie, Lim Kwie Bing, and Liem Tjoe Ing have come from another collection.

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Many of the artworks that are available on the Indonesian art market in recent times have appeared and reappeared (some time over and over again) in the market, bought and sold at unstable prices. By contrast, the “cover” piece of this auction, Dede Eri Supria’s Tukang Daging, has been dearly kept in the personal collection of a gentleman since the early 1980s. It is clearly one of Dede Eri Supria’s most important works, both in terms of meaning and technique. It was done during his formative period, when he as an artist was at his very best. It clearly deserves a new home where it can be appreciated as dearly as it has been for almost 30 years, until today.

Many other art works in the auction have come from various other collections, while others have been selected from galleries, dealers and agents. Among the most interesting pieces are those with historical as well as artistic value: an Agus Djaya from 1948, a painting of a woman by Trubus Soedarsono dating from 1954, and a depiction of a market scene by Mochtar Apin dating from 1956.

We hope to find each art work in the auction a new home, as that is our role in society. Perhaps you may find in this auction some art pieces that connect with you in one way or another. Once the pieces have found a new home and appreciated in your heart and home, hopefully they can also offer a new meaning in your life.

Once the e-catalog is ready for viewing, we will post it on http://www.sidharta-auctioneer.com
Enjoy!

Amir Sidharta

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

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