SUDJOJONO, PHOTOGRAPH TAKEN WITH SELF PORTRAIT, MID 1930’S, FROM S. SUDJOJONO VISIBLE SOUL BY AMIR SIDHARTA – TAASA Review June 2012

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This article was originally found in the June 2012 edition of TAASA Review (Volume 21, Issue 2, Page 22).

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pioneer of a socially conscious art with a nationalist agenda, he has even been touted as the `Father of Indonesian Modern Art’.

These claims have been integral to the consistent presentation of Sudjojono as painter political agitator.

But beyond the occasional thematic exhibition catalogue or government endorsed art history text there has remained an absence of any serious study of the painter’s life or his work. Two relatively recent publications have begun the task of untying the strings which bind Sudjojono’s art to a life enveloped by political turmoil and nationalist stirrings...