The “Friends of Myanmar Artists” project has been established by Gold Leaf in order to procure books and DVD’s for the artists in Myanmar who would not otherwise have access to, nor be financially able to purchase, educational materials of this kind.
Many of today’s best contemporary artists are graduates of the State School of Fine Arts. However, the State Schools emphasize realistic style of painting, and the rise of modernism in the 20th c. is not extensively taught.
The creative contemporary work that one sees is the result of their own efforts to educate themselves in art movements of the 20th c. Art history books and contemporary art magazines enable them to keep abreast of current trends and to be knowledgeable about how the art of the past has informed current movements.
As a result, we want to help the artists continue their education by offering you the opportunity to contribute books and media for their use.
Gold Leaf has made arrangements with the American Center in Rangoon (the Public Affairs section of the United States Embassy in Myanmar) to function as the library and management arm for donated media. We are very fortunate in that the American Center in Rangoon is highly supportive of contemporary Myanmar art. In addition to their own purchase of art books, they have also initiated subscriptions to Asian Art News and Art in America, essential reading to keep up with international art trends.
In five easy steps, you, too, can make a difference to ongoing contemporary art education in Myanmar:
It’s as simple as that. If you have additional suggestions, or would like to purchase an item through your own channels, this is most welcome – just let Gold Leaf know.
Choose one or more books and/or DVD’s:
___ History of Art by Anthony F. Janson (6th ed., hardcover, $59.85)
___ History of Modern Art by H. H. Arnason & Peter Kalb (5th ed., paperback, $93.33)
___ A World History of Photography by Naomi Rosenblum (paperback, $45.00)
___ Great Artists: The Lives of 50 Painters Explored Through Their Work by
___ Art: The World’s Greatest Paintings Explored and Explained by Robert Cumming
___ Performance: Live Art since the ‘60’s by Roselee Goldberg
___ Performance Art: From Futurism to the Present by Roselee Goldberg
___ History of the Surrealist Movement by Gerard Durozoi (paperback, $42.95)
___ Andy Warhol: The Late Works by Jean-Hubert Martin (hardcover, $31.47)
___ Between Past and Future: New Photography and Video from China by Christopher Phillips
___ Cy Twombly: Fifty Years of Work on Paper by Cy Twombly (hardcover, $47.25)
___ Donald Judd: The Early Works by Donald Judd (hardcover, $25.20)
___ Joseph Cornell: Master of Dreams by Diane Waldman (hardcover, $28.35)
___ Joseph Cornell: Shadowplay…Eternidy by Lynda Hartigan (hardcover, $37.80)
___ Picasso and Photography by Anne Baldassari (hardcover, $54.94)
___ The Impressionists – The Other French Revolution (DVD, $35.99)
___ Cezanne: Three Colours Cezanne (DVD, $22.99)
___ The Mystery of Picasso (DVD, $26.99)
___ Robert Rauschenberg – Man at Work (DVD, $22.99)
___ Francis Bacon (DVD, $22.99)
___ Artists of the 20th c series (DVD, $17.99 each)
___ Joan Miro –Constellations: Color of Poetry (DVD, $21.99)
___ The Art of Mexico, Vol. 2: The Painters (DVD, $17.99)
From the Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC www.metmuseum.org/store
___ Masterworks from the Collection (CD-ROM, $39.95)
___ Treasures of the Metropolitan on DVD ($24.95)
___ The Discoveries Series: Van Gogh, Picasso, Gauguin, Degas, Renoir ($12.95 each)