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FORM INTO SPIRIT: ELLSWORTH KELLY’S AUSTIN

February 27, 2018 Leave a comment

ellsworth-kellys

https://blantonmuseum.org/exhibition/form-into-spirit-ellsworth-kellys-austin/

Through April 29th!

A free standing building with luminous windows -his final work was unveiled only this past weekend. It is also likely the most ambitious work the American artist ever made: a 2,700-square-foot building loosely modeled after a Romanesque church on the grounds of the Blanton Museum.

Go and see it soon.

Cheers,

Elisabeth

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BINDING THE CLOUDS: THE ART OF CENTRAL ASIAN IKAT

February 17, 2018 Leave a comment

In case you have not noticed that The Textile Museum is now part of the George Washington University Museum

701 21st Street, NW, Washington,D.C.

https://museum.gwu.edu/textile-museum

From March 10th – July 9th, 2018

BINDING THE CLOUDS: THE ART OF CENTRAL ASIAN IKAT

will be shown from what is now Uzbekistan and Central Asian oasis towns.

Uzbekistan still makes very colorful and interesting ikat fabrics often seen at international folk art shows; saw it last in Santa Fe.

NELSON-ATKINS MUSEUM IN KANSAS CITY

February 5, 2018 Leave a comment

jade shrine

 

https://nelson-atkins.org/events/a-jain-shrine-from-india/

 
The Nelson-Atkins has many treasures and one has been kept in storage and now cleaned up : acquired in 1932 the ornately carved and in great detail painted shrine is presented in REVEALING A HIDDEN TREASURE: A JAIN SHRINE FROM INDIA,
dated to the 16th century. Jainism is an ancient religion of India with the followers called Jains, practicing non-violent behavior and often praying in front of house shrine of which this one is a splendid example.

My first experience with the Nelson-Atkins was many moons ago when Laurence Sickman was director; together with Langdon Warner Laurence Sickman bought Japanese and Chinese sculpture, paintings and furniture for the Nelson-Atkins.

Buddhism 7th century B.C.

Jainism 6th century B.C.

Cheers,

Elisabeth

THREE EXHIBITS AT THE MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS IN HOUSTON

January 22, 2018 Leave a comment

MODERNISM ON THE GANGES: RAGHUBIR SINGH PHOTOGRAPHS

https://www.mfah.org/exhibitions/modernism-on-the-ganges-raghubir-singh-photographs

March 3 – June 3, 2018

Raghubir Singh, born in Jaipur (1942-1999) lived in Asia and Europe and often returned to his native India. In 90 images and over a thirty year period, Singh who was influenced by Cartier-Bresson, photographed often with a hand-held camera in color everyday life and festivals. One of my favorite is the one showing the Professional Lunch Distributor or Dhabadwallah with his tiffin boxes.

singh photographs

BESTOWING BEAUTY:MASTERPIECES FROM PERSIAN LANDS

https://www.mfah.org/exhibitions/bestowing-beauty-masterpieces-persian-lands

Through February 11, 2018

Comprising some 100 works of art from the 6th to the 19th century on view to the public for the first time, from the Hossein Afshar Collection, one of the most important collections of Persian art in private hands……..does anybody have information about Hossein Afshar?

persian art

 

PEACOCK IN THE DESERT: THE ROYAL ARTS OF JODHPUR, INDIA

https://www.mfah.org/exhibitions/peacock-in-desert-royal-arts-jodhpur-india

March 4 – August 19, 2018

Masterpieces never before seen outside the palace walls of the kingdom of Marwar-Jodhpur in Rajasthan, covering four centuries of sumptuous jewels, arms and armor, intricately carved furnishings, a monumental 17th century court tent, paintings and textiles – all together some 250 objects from Indian courtly life together with large scale photo murals will be shown.

Exhibit runs concurrent with Raghubir Singh’s photo exhibit it.

peacock in the desert

SCULPTURE PARK AT MADHAVENDRA PALACE IN JAIPUR, INDIA

January 22, 2018 Leave a comment

 

https://www.thesculpturepark.in

The first significant sculpture park for India was recently launched with a collaboration between the Government of Rajasthan and the non-profit organization Saath Sath Arts. The Sculpture Park turned the entire palace into an art gallery with pieces both indoors and outdoors. Artists include Jitish Kallat, Huma Bhaba and Bharti Kher. The Saath Sath Arts was founded by Aparajita Jain, one of a group of private individuals passionate about the arts, trying to fill the arts funding gap (since the Indian government is not very engaged in supporting the arts) and actively promoting international exchange between India and the rest of the world and closely working with international museums, curators and galleries. Women are actively engaged in the arts (and business) in India and six of the eight board members of Saath Sath are women.

 

jaipur

 

Cheers,

Elisabeth

 

CHINA’S 8 BROKENS: PUZZLES OF THE TREASURED PAST MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS BOSTON

January 22, 2018 Leave a comment

http://www.mfa.org/exhibitions/chinas-8-brokens

Although this exhibit is closed now- I wanted to bring this to your attention because it highlighted a new painting style that emerged in China in the late 19th and then 20th century. I was not aware of this type of painting.

BAPO CHINA’S EIGHT BROKENS was an exhibit at the Museum of Fine Art Boston.

I quote freely from an article by Eliza Sullivan 6/15/2017.

The paintings were created by painting depictions of fragments of different items, often images and calligraphy, mimicking collages. Dr. Nancy Berliner, the Wu Tung Curator of Chinese Art (she brought the Yin Yu Tang house, moved from China and rebuilt at the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Massachusetts) first discovered bapo at a flea market in China as a student. It had been a relatively unknown style, neglected by museums because it was not a painting with landscape and figures. Bapo translates as “eight broken”, focusing on treasures of the past. Eight is a lucky number conveying wishes for good fortune.

Follow the link to read about this style.

Cheers,

Elisabeth

broken pieces

EARTHLY SPLENDOR: KOREAN CERAMICS FROM THE COLLECTION

to open January 20, 2018

THE TRAMMEL AND MARGARET CROW COLLECTION 

http://crowcollection.org/exhibition/earthly-splendor-korean-ceramics-from-the-collection/

2010 Flora Street in Dallas

The exhibit will pair antique pieces ( Three Kingdom period 57 BCE-935 CE ) with outstanding examples of contemporary ceramics. Korean ceramic tradition goes back some 7000 years and although Korean potters were imported and were instrumental in the Chinese and Korean ceramic production, it was not until the 1960s that they were considered and sought after by dealers and collectors.

ceramics at the crow

Cheers,

Elisabeth