Truth -- or rather, expressing the truth is such a slippery thing. When I was writing my review of "Felice Beato: A Photographer on the Eastern Road" at the Getty Center, I ended up looking at lots of 19th-century photographs. What struck me was how some resorted to lying in order to tell the … Continue reading LYING TO TELL THE TRUTH
Here's the ultimate decorative arts medium -- cloisonné -- and new evidence that Ming Chinese scholar-artists might have prized it the way they did their craggy scholar's rocks and understated ink paintings. The Economist has a great review of a show of cloisonné at the Bard Graduate Center; I also reviewed it in the Wall … Continue reading Chinese cloisonné: just decorative or also art?
Wouldn't you know it, I have to revise my earlier post because I discovered that there is a big difference in the quality of the images if you opt for "view the artwork" as oppose to "explore the museum." In the former, the resolution is very high, taking you right into the detail -- something … Continue reading Google Art Project in detail
Made my first foray onto GAP, the Google Art Project thinking for sure it would be a new kind of borderland, but it ended up being more of a no man's land. I figured I would first "visit" a museum I knew so I picked the Freer Gallery of Art in DC. The Whistlers looked … Continue reading Mining the GAP
For no particular reason, I changed my screensaver mode to randomly pick through photographs I took in southern Spain in 2009. The first ones that flashed on the screen were some of Gibraltar apes alternatively grooming each other and begging from humans, but then came a succession of shots from the Alhambra -- layer upon … Continue reading ALHAMBRA TEXTURES