BOOK REVIEW: LEMPAD OF BALI Siobhan Campbell – TAASA Review March 2015
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Lempad of Bali: The Illuminating Line Bruce W.
Carpenter, John Darling, Hedi Hinzler, Kaja McGowan, Adrian Vickers & Soemantri Widagdo Editions Didier Millet, Museum Puri Lukisan, Singpore, 2014 RRP US$200, hardcover, 424 pages c.600 illus. It is not unusual to read the biographies of acclaimed artists whose lives achieved seemingly legendary proportions.
Yet such a designation is far from redundant in the case of I Gusti Nyoman Lempad (18621978), the subject of this colossal publication, launched in conjunction with a major exhibition of the artistâ€™s work at Puri Lukisan Museum in Ubud, Bali from September to November 2014. While the authors are conscious that his legendary status may have â€˜blurred the line between fact and fictionâ€™ (p.413), the annals of Balinese art history have accorded far more legendary status to the names of expatriate rather than local artists...