There were some kind of cypress (I think) trees near our home in south India that looked like guests at a cocktail party, one limb reaching out for a drink, another curling back as though to bring a cigarette to the lips. Maybe that's why I get such a kick looking at the inventive depiction … Continue reading Trees aren’t always just trees
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
a while back, I announced that Andrea Hull and I would be launching the AA/WV blog focused on writing + video about contemporary art from Asia in America... well, what Andrea and I realized as we researched this was that what really truly interested us was exploring the mediums by which we communicate about art. … Continue reading Alive!…?
"I hate theme shows. I hate shows that bunch a whole lot of works together that should be seen alone." This -- or words to this effect -- is what an artist friend said when I was telling him about a show of Chinese paintings at the Met I had reviewed. It hit home because, … Continue reading Scrolling through Chinese art
This fall, artist and videographer Andrea Hull and I will be teaming up to launch Art+Asia/Writing+Video, a blog that takes full advantage of the genre by using words and images creatively to engage readers with contemporary and modern works by Asian artists. We will approach these works in the contexts of both the artist's national … Continue reading Art+Asia/Writing+Video
Trekked to Sotheby's where, amid the Chinese paintings and calligraphy, one hanging scroll caught my eye. My best guess is that the variety of line gives this lovely composition a particular energy that draws me to it. That is certainly one of the things that kept me there, reveling in the alternating rhythms of line … Continue reading My Asia Week (brush)stroke of luck