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December 2010

I've been working on this project now for a number of years, although it goes back to my original 1978-79 research on the Kerta Ghosa in Klungkung for my honours thesis. Recently Siobhan Campbell, our PhD student on the project, and I gave the Anthony Forge memorial lecture, about Forge's work, and our work projects on the history and collecting of Balinese painting. You can hear the podcast and see the slides at http://rsha.anu.edu.au/events/forge. Our collaboration with the Australian Museum is documented at http://australianmuseum.net.au/research/Collecting-Balinese-Art-the-Forge-Collection-of-Balinese-Paintings-at-the-Australian-Museum

I'm hoping to have my general account of the history of Balinese painting to the publisher by the end of March. At some stage next year our database, an on-line resource using the Heurist program, will be made public. To date we have nearly 2,500 artworks listed, from the Australian Museum, the American Museum of Natural History, the Tropen in Amsterdam, and a number of important private collections, including works that have been documented by Leo Haks, and the former collection of Gregory Bateson and Margaret Mead, for which Hildred Geertz has supplied important research materials.