Talk about an exciting borderland.... this from an article in the WSJ by Christian C. Sahner on "Byzantium and Islam: Age of Transition" currently at the Met: The greatest achievement of the exhibition is to track the birth of a visual koine in the late-antique Middle East. It was an artistic language that transcended the … Continue reading Byzantium and Islam
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
Love the headline writer who came up with "Far Eastern Dream Weavers" for my review of a luscious show at the Textile Museum. Two rooms filled with finely woven silks -- more than any one piece, I wanted to take the whole display.
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
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
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
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?
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…
Why on earth would one walk from 148th street down the East side of Manhattan? Because.... it was a friend's birthday and this is what she really, really wanted to do... because when else do you get the chance to see the city unfurl before you.... because when you walk 10 miles from Harlem to … Continue reading DOWN THE EAST SIDE OF MANHATTAN
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