Ming Wong | Life of Imitation
Forward by Tan Boon Hui, Director of the Singapore Art Museum
Essays by Tang Fu Kuen, Russell Storer, Benjamin Mckay, Hu Fang and Hassan Abd. Muthalib
Guest Features by Sherman Ong and Wong Han Min
Magazine Features by Ben Slater
This catalogue is published by the Singapore Art Museum in conjunction with the LIFE OF IMITATION exhibition from April 22-August 22, 2010 after first premiering at the Singapore Pavillion at the 53rd Venice Biennale in 2009, organized by the National Arts Council, Singapore. Jointly organized by the Singapore Art Museum and the Frye Art Museum, Ming Wong: LIFE OF IMITATION at the Frye, is guest curated by Tang Fu Kuen; the coordinating curator at the Frye is Jo-Anne Birnie Danzker, the Frye Art Museum’s director. This exhibition at the Frye Art Museum, from January 22-February 27, 2011, marks Wong’s first exhibition in the United States.
The exhibition features multiscreen video installations; billboards by Neo Chon Teck, Singapore’s last surviving billboard painter; rare screen memorabilia; and photographs of cinema palaces. Included are three installations: In Love for the Mood, Life of Imitation and Four Malay Stories. Ming Wong rereads “national” cinema constructed through language and role-playing by re-interpreting and adapting classic films and engaging with performative notions of miscasting and parroting.
This catalogue includes a collection of essays, guest features, magazine features, an About Ming Wong section, production and photograph credits, acknowledgements, list of artworks, and About Singapore Museum.
120 pages, 79 color illustrations
11.25 x 10 in.
Catalogues published before 2010 have been in storage and may have small signs of wear and tear.