This time-worn cover of a relic chamber is another mesmerizing work on display At the Met in "Lost Kingdoms." It was found inside a stupa at Sri Ksetra, a 1,500-year old site we visited in 2012. It is in ruinous state, so much so the World Monuments Fund added it to its endangered list. But it has … Continue reading Peering inside Myanmar’s earliest stupas
At a weekend retreat with graduate students of NYU's Steinhardt School of Education -- I had absolutely no business being there except that a wonderful graduate student who worked for Neil Postman invited me -- there was a PhD candidate who had researched the cultural history of glass. When people figured out how to make large panes … Continue reading On reflection/s
Here is one clever project... Emory University professor Bonna Westcoat gets the great idea of using the Parthenon replica in Nashville to settle a long-running debate in art history circles. It is well worth watching the video she and her students made of the project. I heard about this on the heels of another … Continue reading Art history at its best
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
...or as they might say in Myanmar, ogres are in the details. Walk up to temples in Bagan, spot some stucco decoration clinging to the bricks...and chances are you'll come face to face with some fierce protectors... And, seriously, could we not all use one or two of these?
Walter Benjamin -- you'd think his "Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction" had been so quoted that the words would be used up by now. But no, they are still there, still legible, still useful, and they spring to mind as I walk through Serra's 'Junction' and 'Cycle' at Gagosian gallery, camera in hand. … Continue reading Benjamin to the rescue…as always