Art Fallen from Heaven
Modern Balinese Sculpture
After Bali was subjugated by Dutch colonial rule, patronage shifted from the ruling monarchs to tourists and the Western art market. This new patronage, bringing with it the concept of "art for art's sake," ushered Balinese woodcarvers into the world of contemporary artistic endeavors. Koos van Brakel examines the important role Pita Maha played in positioning the previously unknown woodcarvers as artists. He also discusses key developments in the postwar era, 1950–2020.
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