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Two months ahead of the D-day, as both presidential campaign teams are focusing all their campaign resources on Java, Joko Widodo-Ma’ruf Amin and Prabowo Subianto-Sandiaga Salahuddin Uno’s political safaris continue to center around the country’s most populated island.
Godfather of the Pitch
A book titled Witnessing Affandi: Thirty years assisting Indonesia’s master painter—by Suhardjono as told to Jeremy Allan—is now on the market. The cover price is steep: Rp5.5 million. The book contains reproductions of the works of Affandi, gathered together by an art collector. Each painting has been given a commentary by Suhardjono—usually known as Pak Djon—Affandi’s former private driver, deemed to be in the know of the origins of every painting. Pak Djon’s commentaries it would seem provide legitimization that all the Affandis presented in the book are authentic. Yet, when compared with the book Affandi, written by the late Raka Sumichan—a famous collector of Affandi’s works—and the late Umar Kayam published in 1987, when Affandi was still alive, some of the works in the new book are suspect. Observer of the arts, Bambang Bujono, has written his point of view about the book. Self Portrait Affandi painting, 1976, in the book Witnessing Affandi.
IN connection with an article in last week’s Tempo titled Hazardous Waste at the Military Bases, I wish to respond and make a rejoinder about several things.
I often feel strangely disturbed when I hear the word ‘philosopher’. We know these creatures exist, but I have never been able to clearly identify them.