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Something New Must Turn Up:

Six Singaporean Artists After 1965

GOH BENG KWANUrban Renewal (Sun and Moon), c. 1970s, acrylic on canvas, 103 × 103 cm. Courtesy the artist.

The titular adjective of the National Gallery Singapore’s exhibition “Something New Must Turn Up: Six Singaporean Artists After 1965” is a double- edged sword. Deployed art historically, the idea of the “new” is here premised on the view, per the curatorial statement, that these artists “broke new ground and contributed significantly to the development of Singapore’s modern and contemporary art in the post-independence era.” That…

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