Great to dip back into the world of craft art -- or whatever name you want to call first-rate works made in clay, glass, wood, metal,… At the New York Ceramics and Glass Fair I reconnected with Cliff Lee, a ceramist whose work I had written about in 2010 for American Style. Five years, I now … Continue reading Ah, the beautiful world of craft art…
Recently revisited "Interwoven Globe" at the Met and marveled once again at the fabulous designs. Are these insects, flowers and animals not great? For a more serious take…see my review in the WSJ.
A worthwhile collection of Tibetan art in Newark -- that in itself to most will seem like the ultimate oxymoron. As one friend wrote to me, "I thought Newark was a cultural wasteland." Wrong. At least not within the wall of the Newark Museum where a very dynamic curator has reinstalled the Tibetan galleries, striking … Continue reading TIBETAN WORKS IN NEWARK
Here's the ultimate decorative arts medium -- cloisonné -- and new evidence that Ming Chinese scholar-artists might have prized it the way they did their craggy scholar's rocks and understated ink paintings. The Economist has a great review of a show of cloisonné at the Bard Graduate Center; I also reviewed it in the Wall … Continue reading Chinese cloisonné: just decorative or also art?
If there is one thing I want you to take away from this show, the curator told an audience of museum members, it is that these works are three-dimensional works, not just paintings. Wow, I thought, here is a curator at an art museum telling people not to look at a work as painting but, … Continue reading Screening terms
This is a term New Zealand philosopher of art Dennis Dutton used to refer to the world of ‘craft art,’ and I love the term. It reminds me of border regions where people speak two languages and everything from window displays to downtown parades bears the stamp of multiple cultures. I know border areas in … Continue reading borderland of art