There is much deception uncovered in the Sackler's "Inventing Utamaro: A Japanese Masterpiece Rediscovered.” There is the question of whether the show's three central paintings are really by Kitagawa Utamaro, famous mostly for his ukiyo-e prints. For that matter, was Utamaro himself the 17th-century Don Juan of the pleasure quarters that his marketers made him out to be? And, … Continue reading Layers of invention
If anyone knew how to express both pageantry and lethality it was the Edo period Samurai -- as a show at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, amply demonstrates. The headline the WSJ gave my review says it all: "Dressed to Kill in Peacetime." Much of their fearsome beauty is due to the textures and rhythm of … Continue reading Samurai beauty
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.