The Malaysian Art World

Annette Van den Bosch


The aims of this article are to analyse the current situation in the art world and market in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The methodology used was a sociological analysis based on oral history interviews and field observation. The theoretical perspective was developed by the author in the book, The Australian Art World: Aesthetics in a Global Market. The Malaysian art world is based on professional artist education in tertiary institutions, and the market for art is predominantly a dealers' market. Some artists and dealer galleries are linked with international collectors but the focus of the National Gallery of Art of Malaysia and the market is on the national art world. Artists are not organised into effective professional associations and there are no specialised tertiary education programs in arts management; art history, critical theory and journal publication; and curatorial and museum studies.

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Asia Pacific Journal of Arts and Cultural Management; ISSN 1449-1184
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