The British Library sounds like a great place to work -- or, at least, to go exploring. "By chance I noticed this entirely unknown illustrated copy of Firdawsi’s Shahnamah a few weeks ago," writes Ursula Sims-Williams in the library's Asian and African studies blog. The manuscript has 48 paintings signed by the 17th-century Persian artist Muhammad Yusuf -- … Continue reading Discoveries at the British Library
Curators of non-Western art struggle over whether to exhibit contemporary art in so-called regional galleries -- Chinese, South Asian, African -- or to showcase them in galleries devoted to Contemporary art. After all, today's art scene is global and, indeed, has been for a long time, ever since imperial powers taught European art history and techniques … Continue reading One very good answer to a difficult question
Friends Cheryl and Matt in Toronto introduced us to the Group of Seven at the Art Gallery of Ontario -- and what a treat to read about this forthcoming show and its unexpected curator.
Every month or so, the postman delivers a card from my brother Dixon -- a card he has found at a Goodwill shop or in a discount bin and which, with the same precision and care he invests in his collages, he alters by inserting postage stamps and cut out photos, turning them into catnip … Continue reading Catnip
So many yogas, so little time… and so few words. In my WSJ review of "Yoga: The Art of Transformation" at the Smithsonian's Sackler, I did not have the space to single out an 8th-century ivory carving from Kashmir. Less than five inches tall, it draws you into the story of the Buddha as he adopts, then rejects … Continue reading A constellation of yogas