Trekked to Sotheby's where, amid the Chinese paintings and calligraphy, one hanging scroll caught my eye. My best guess is that the variety of line gives this lovely composition a particular energy that draws me to it. That is certainly one of the things that kept me there, reveling in the alternating rhythms of line … Continue reading My Asia Week (brush)stroke of luck
Don't you just love auction previews? You can feel the surface texture of a stone carving, lean in really really close to a painting without sounding alarms, pick up a ceramic bowl to peer at its underside. And, in theory if not always in practice, you could own each and every one of the pieces … Continue reading the lure of auction previews
Tragic news this morning about a young American soldier who left his base in Afghanistan, walked into the nearby village and went on a shooting rampage killing civilians, children among them. A news report mentioned that the soldier had suffered a breakdown, and we have to ask ourselves into what borderland have we, by sending … Continue reading THE BORDERLANDS OF WAR
Do you think of tombs as marking a threshold, a commemoration of that ultimate borderland between life on earth and an after life? Or do you see tombs as signalling the end of a person's existence? In reviewing a show currently at the China Institute Gallery, I discovered that the Jin dynasty in 13th-century China may … Continue reading Borderland or dead end?
Quick, before it closes today, there are some pieces in a student show at the Montgomery Museum of Fine Art that are just too fun and exciting to pass up. Inspired by folk art, kids from kindergarten through 12th grade submitted almost 200 works of which 75 are on display. The limit in ArtLERT is … Continue reading Young folk