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

Chinese cloisonné: just decorative or also art?

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?