Interesting story on NPR....somebody obviously thought this was a piece worth stealing...more than a glance at...isn't it amazing? Check out the full story on NPR and imagine statues like this and reliefs like the one below populated the ancient capital of the Khmer.
"I hate theme shows. I hate shows that bunch a whole lot of works together that should be seen alone." This -- or words to this effect -- is what an artist friend said when I was telling him about a show of Chinese paintings at the Met I had reviewed. It hit home because, … Continue reading Scrolling through Chinese art
The whole notion of thresholds and borders between the sacred and profane got me to thinking about facades of churches and how they signal this border/threshold and perhaps none more loudly than baroque facades designed with Counter-Reformation zeal in the Italian town of Lecce. Talk about a border teeming with life forms... At first glance, … Continue reading Crossing over
One reader commented... "And the “borderland” is often the richest, most productive and releaving place to be. In ecology, scientists study and celebrate the “edge” — the edge between sea and land, between fresh and salt water, between one climatic zone and another. There they find not only an incubator for distinctive forms of life … Continue reading Borders
Cannot quite yet let go of the Churning of the Sea of Milk... Here are the asuras or demons standing on the sea, tugging fiercely on the snake... And here are the devas or gods, also standing on the sea (which you don't see here) with heavenly maidens frolicking above their heads: Why is it … Continue reading Asuras and devas at Angkor Wat
The Wall Street Journal's art page has this great feature called the Masterpiece column in which you get to just stop and spend time on one work. As every writer who has done one of these will tell you, it is exhilarating and frustrating. I don't have to explain the first part, at least not … Continue reading Saving the Sea of Milk