An Ho — a great gift, a great loss

Not long ago, I was telling a curator of Chinese art that the next time he was anywhere near New York state, he had to meet An Ho, who had trained with Pu Ru, one of the last scholar-artists of China.  This caught his attention -- but there was so much more to be said … Continue reading An Ho — a great gift, a great loss

Kings dreaming of immortality

Some say it's the Year of the Rooster, but in my book, it's year of the Han.  There has been a succession of shows highlighting this dynasty, which ruled from 206 B.C. to 220 AD.  It so consolidated a sense of identity that ethnic Chinese today still identify as "Han." In New York alone, there … Continue reading Kings dreaming of immortality

Bamboo art in the Met’s Japanese galleries

The Japanese galleries at the Met are like a bride -- they always have something old, something new, and no doubt if you look hard enough you'll spot something blue.  This summer, bamboo art is the overarching theme, starting with "The Gate," an amazing construct that artist Tanabe Chikuunsai IV created for the entrance to … Continue reading Bamboo art in the Met’s Japanese galleries

Peeking at Life through Death

Jade amulets, bronze vessels, dancing figures, accessories -- we've come to expect that from ancient tombs in China.  But sex aides and toilets?  That was a first for me, though I will admit not the most fascinating part of the Asian Art Museum's "Tomb Treasures: New Discoveries from China's Han Dynasty"  (you can read my review … Continue reading Peeking at Life through Death

Images from ‘Art in a Time of Chaos’

Some readers complained that the review of "Art in a TIme of Chaos," which is on view at the China Institute Gallery in NY through March 19, 2017, lacked photographs.  It is true that the works, dating from the 3rd to 6th centuries, are so varied it would have been great to have more images.  … Continue reading Images from ‘Art in a Time of Chaos’