Who knew the Morgan Library had a collection of wonderful Islamic miniatures, calligraphy and manuscripts? by Ibn Bakhtishuç (d. 1058) from Manafic-i hayavan (The Benefits of Animals). Persia, between 1297 and 1300.Don't you just love the way the calligraphy expresses in abstract forms the clash of the rams' horns? And how this adds energy to … Continue reading
Quick, before packers and movers come in to ship the Gandhara works on view at the Asia Society back to Pakistan, I popped in to (belatedly) see the show. Now, Gandhara works are not a favorite -- many of the sculptures look clunky and lack grace; they are to my eye hybrids that don't work. … Continue reading
It's a tired trope, but now and then you spot an 'East meets West' that makes you smile -- spotted in the window of a framing shop on Lexington Avenue:
One of my favorite pieces at the Museo di Arte Orientale in Torino is the Tang terracotta sculpture that I got to write about for the WSJ-- but MAO has other must-see pieces of which here are three: in this 2nd century BC statue from Mathura in India, an evil parasitical force named Vita is … Continue reading Asian treasures in Turin, Italy
What better launching pad for my ArtLERT blog than the "Wonder of the Age" show at the Metropolitan. In addition to the paintings mentioned in my review, three must-see's for me are -- Mansur's chameleon, caught as he moves from the green of the leaves that surround him to the tan of the paper Mansur … Continue reading Wonder of the Age ArtLERT @MetMuseum
Lalani Nan's paintings are transporting -- not sure I can tell you why I find them so; not sure I want to. When words like color, texture, sensuality, abstraction start playing in my brain, I've moved away from the paintings. So, instead, here they are on the Ricco Maresca gallery site.
Indian painters, whether they worked for emperors or Rajputs, most probably never cowered in the shadows -- I imagine the workshops they worked in had just the right amount of daylight needed for them to apply brush to palm-leaf and, from about 1500 onward, to paper. But in the way art historians have in the … Continue reading INDIAN PAINTERS: FROM THE SHADOWS INTO THE LIMELIGHT