TEN years ago, Penang was still a backwater in the national art narrative. There were signs of little titillations, though, that signaled a potential resurgence, as Penang is after all, the cradle of Malaysian art – with at least eight pioneers in the halcyon days.
Good tidings followed one after another: the Penang Sculpture Trail; the revival of the Penang Retrospective into a major annual event like a much-awaited James Bond film; the inscription of George Town as a Unesco World Heritage site; more long-haul art galleries and spaces sprouting up; more youngsters staying put instead of taking the Yellow Brick ...
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