Masters of Mercy – and sartorial splendor

Once I got over marveling at how horribly beautiful hell could be, I found myself staring at the silks -- not the silk Kano Kazunobo painted on, but the silks he depicted the Buddha's disciples wearing.  I'm talking about a selection of 19th-century scroll paintings that form the  centerpiece of  "Masters of Mercy: Buddha’s Amazing … Continue reading Masters of Mercy – and sartorial splendor

Portable pots

Hard to review a show and not want to tiptoe away with a lovely piece or two -- especially when they are so very portable... Who knew that the Birmingham Museum of Art had such a wonderful collection of Vietnamese ceramics, most of from the 11th- through 13th- centuries.  As I mentioned in the WSJ … Continue reading Portable pots

High on my list

Walking through "From Picasso to Warhol" at the High Museum in Atlanta,  two paintings grabbed me enough for me to want to grab them.  One did it from afar, the other from the side, reminding me once again the effect that distance and angle have on the way we perceive paintings. "Interior with Violin Case"  … Continue reading High on my list

Art that drives me MAD?

Picks from "Beauty in All Things: Japanese Art and Design," currently at the Museum of Art and Design or -- you got it -- MAD: I could so easily live with this 1990 Toshiko Takaezu vase with its characteristic  tiny- puckered-mouth -- strong, calm, and elegant -- and this dramatic basket by Torii Ippo, who … Continue reading Art that drives me MAD?

Remember Tintin going to Tibet? Well, he was not alone…

Years and years ago, I read Tintin in Tibet, but I had no idea that, since the 1940s, all sorts of comic book characters have been visiting this far-off land of snow-capped mountains.   This is what a show at the Rubin Museum of Art explores, and after I had read comic after comic after … Continue reading Remember Tintin going to Tibet? Well, he was not alone…

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