Artists with Pioneering Status

By Ooi Kok Chuen

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The Eight Pioneers of Malaysian Art exhibition will be held throughout March 2013 at the Penang State Art Gallery. This reflects Datuk Dr Tan Chee Khuan’s bold attempt at the difficult and always controversial task of saying who is a pioneer and who is not.In 1992, a practising psychiatrist who had been collecting art for only five years produced, out of the blue, a fairly scholarly tome on the genesis of Modern Malaysian Art. Called Pioneers of Malaysian Art (PMA),...

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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.