Map of Art Development of Batu City in Indonesia


This research is a follow-up to the study entitled ”Historical Mapping of the Development of Modern and Contemporary Art in Malang”, conducted by researchers in 2016. From the results of the study, it appears that in several periods of the development of arts in Malang, a noted Batu art figure was recorded, a trend seen since 1982. In addition, this research identifies the work of Batu artists as having a style with distinctive characteristics, namely the so-called ”Batu realism style”. This study seeks to map the stages of the development of arts in Batu City from the initial period to the current situation. This study used a qualitative approach by utilizing the data sources of Batu artists, Malang cultureists, curators from the city of Malang, curators, documents and art loci in Batu, whose data analysis utilizes interactive data analysis. The map of the development of arts in Batu has been started since the ”Beginning” period, where the initial period was identified as an embryo of the development of Batu art which is still in the form of motivation that appears on a group of young Batu people who are inspired by illustrations, garden exterior decoration, and some aesthetic works from some seniors in Batu. Mapping can be noted from the development of Batu City arts is its existence and development since: (a) the ”Batu Seni Pondok” period, starting in the 1980’s, (b) the ”Raos Gallery” period, starting in the 1989’s, and (c) the ”Current” period, which is recorded as the third generation since the ”Pondok Seni Batu” where each period with variations in its development has implications for the development of art in East Java and in Indonesia.

Keywords: modern art, contemporary art, art history

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