The difficult art of raising artists

By Ooi Kok Chuen

December 2014 PENANG PALETTE
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One for the album. Some of the former students and lecturers present at the KLCA reunion dinner.
The Kuala Lumpur College of Art existed for 34 years before closing down in 2002. The recent reunion of its staff and students raises the question of art education, and the triumphs and failures of art schools.In the merriment of laughter and songs, the most pressing question was not pushed to its crisis. Everything was hunky-dory on that October 18 night of the reunion of the Kuala Lumpur College of Art (KLCA, 1968-2002).These classmates and lecturers had not met for...

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Ooi Kok Chuen

is an art-writer and journalist, and the author of MAHSURI: A Legend Reborn (Ooi Peeps Publishing), an adult contemporary fantasy “movel” (a novel conceived as a mock movie) spun from a local legend.