Places to Admire Paintings
A visit to the following artists is recommended to familiarize the visitor planning a purchase: Han Snel in Siti Bungalows (Ubud), Antonio Blanco (Campuan), Ida Bagus Tilem (Mas).
Ida Bagus Made (Tebesaya) is still crazy, still the best of the old masters. He doesn't care about fame or money so you won't find his paintings in galleries, only in museums. He won't sell his work but if he likes you he may give it to you.
Also visit Nyoman Sumertha and Nyoman Ada in Peliatan, one km east of Ubud.
Founded in 1979, the Taman Werdi Budaya or Denpasar Art Center is on Jl. Nusa Indah in Abiankapas, on the road to Sanur. It's a center for painting, mask, and woodcarving exhibits where Balinese and Indonesian artists are featured. Each year from mid-June to mid-July the Center also hosts a summer art festival with painting expositions.
An event worth attending is the Walter Spies Festival put on by Yayasan Walter Spies each February at Denpasar Art Center; get the foundation's newsletter by writing Stichting Walter Spies, Steenstraat 1, 2312 BS Leiden, Netherlands.
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