A critique of tough times

An upcoming exhibition at National Gallery Singapore features works inspired by turbulent periods in history

Three small, deformed sculptures by second-generation Singapore artist Teo Eng Seng are easy to miss amid the visual clamour of the National Gallery Singapore's Awakenings exhibition - a showcase of more than 140 provocative works by Asian artists such as Japanese-American Yoko Ono and Singaporean Tang Da Wu.

Yet, Teo's rarely seen cuboid works - made more than 30 years ago from plaster of Paris coated with silver paint and shoe polish - will likely weigh on the minds of those who take the time to view them.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 11, 2019, with the headline 'A critique of tough times'. Print Edition | Subscribe