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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.

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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?

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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.

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THE RUBIN MUSEUM OF ART HENRI CARTIER-BRESSON INDIA IN FULL FRAME

On view through September 4th, 2017

The exhibit comprises 69 black and white photographs from Cartier- Bresson’s travels in India during the mid 20th century as well as his letters, camera and personal items.

Quote from Rubin’s website:

Disputed borders, refugees, charismatic leaders, assassinations—the India of the mid-century does not sound so distant from the world today. It was a time and place captured expertly and in great depth by the pioneering photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson (1908–2004).

In 1947 Cartier-Bresson co-founded the internationally renowned cooperative photographic agency Magnum Photos. Later that same year he undertook his first trip to India as part of a three-year stay in Asia. At the time, India was undergoing a massive political transition, having gained independence from British colonial rule and been partitioned from Pakistan. In January 1948 Cartier-Bresson traveled to Delhi to meet with one of the key players in that transition, India’s great leader Mahatma Gandhi. It would be one of Gandhi’s final meetings before the leader’s assassination at the hands of a Hindu nationalist on January 30.

The resulting photos of Gandhi’s last day of life and the events surrounding his funeral, which helped catapult Cartier-Bresson to international fame, are part of a selection of 69 photographs from the photographer’s travels to India shared in the exhibition. They reflect his abiding interest in the people and sites of India, including some examples of his “street photography” style that has influenced generations of photographers. Together they illustrate a master photographer’s perspective on transformative moments in Indian history.

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UNEARTHING ARABIA: THE ARCHEOLOGICAL ADVENTURES OF WENDELL PHILLIPS

October 13, 2014 Leave a comment

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UNEARTHING ARABIA: THE ARCHEOLOGICAL ADVENTURES OF WENDELL PHILLIPS

SACKLER GALLERY/SMITHSONIAN INSTITUTION

October 11, 2014 – June 7, 2015

http://newsdesk.si.edu/releases/unearthing-arabia-smithsonian-s-sackler-gallery-uncovers-drama-behind-great-discoveries

Exhibit documents with objects as well as film and photographs the adventures of 28 year old Phillips and his team of scientists, scholars and technicians as they explored South Arabia, present-day Yemen, from 1949-1952, to find the legendary home of the Queen of Sheba.

Explore legends, mysteries and misadventures!

Cheers,

Elisabeth

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MORE OF MY FAVORITE TEXTILES

October 29, 2013 Leave a comment

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PHOTOGRAPHS OF WOMEN MAKING TEXTILES and STITCHING STORIES

BETWEEN HISTORY AND NEW HORIZONS: PHOTOGRAPHS OF WOMEN, WORK AND COMMUNITY IN LAOS

at the ASIA SOCIETY TEXAS CENTER, Houston
until February 9, 2014
http://asiasociety.org/texas/exhibitions/upcoming

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This exhibit is co-organized with the Traditional Arts and Ethnology Centre, Luang Prabang shows portraits of women and their work.

And on November 7th, 6:00-9:00PM  a special  “night market”  inspired by  vibrant street markets throughout Asia will offer food and crafts


Cheers,

Elisabeth

PAPA’S PAGODA IN PARIS

PAPA’S PAGODA IN PARIS: THE GIFT OF THE C.T.LOO FAMILY PHOTOGRAPHS TO THE FREER AND SACKLER GALLERIES.

44An article in the March 13, 2013 ORIENTATIONS MAGAZINE by Yiyou Wang.

On rare occasions I come across a piece to be appraised that still has the C. T. Loo label attached. And then I get both excited and a little nervous.

C.T. Loo was the first international Chinese art dealer, very successful, established his gallery known as “la Pagode” in Paris in 1928, later offices in New York, Beijing and Shanghai. He supplied major museums (Freer, Nelson-Atkins, Met) and collectors with sculptures, bronzes, murals, ceramics.

In 2010 his daughter bequeathed photographs to the Sackler and Freer. C. T. Loo had lavish gallery space in Paris and the donated photos show some of the objects in his galleries before being sold or donated.

Cheers,

Elisabeth and Natasha

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JOURNEY TO HIDDEN MONGOLIA

 JOURNEY TO HIDDEN MONGOLIA
“A Special Exhibition in Beijing: Journey to Hidden Mongolia” explores an often tucked away world that is filled with cultural landscapes captured by film-maker and photographer Hamid Sardar-Afkhami. The Hidden Mongolia exhibition opened on the 28th of May 2012, and runs until the 9th of June 2012. The Hidden Mongolia Exhibition presented by the Serindia Gallery, with headquarters in Bangkok,  is currently being held at the Luxembourg Embassy Residence in Beijing.
Sardar-Afkhami’s exhibition travels into northern Mongolia, a place in the world even farther north than the Great Wind. Ancient Greek poets termed territories in the world beyond this Great Wind (identified as the North Wind to Greek civilizations) as Hyperborea. Sardar-Afkhami is noted for being a scholar of the Tibetan and Mongol languages. After graduating from Harvard with his Ph. D., he lived in Nepal and explored Tibet and the Himalayas for over one decade. Upon venturing to outer Mongolia, Sardar-Afkhami decided to focus a collection on the last country in the world to have the majority of its population still comprised of nomads: Mongolia. 
Sardar-Afkhami  has  such an intriguing spirit for traveling through this northern region of Mongolia and exploring one of the most seldom-found life styles on the planet. According to Sardar-Afkhami’s exhibition, an incredible bond exists here between humans and animals. The possibility of seeing this bond and being able to understand even a tiny fraction of it, is deeply interesting to me.
A link to the Mongolia Exhibition website and Serindia Gallery: http://www.issuu.com/serindia-gallery/docs/mongolia-exhibition
Pictures taken from this site.
Natasha
The China Coast
JOURNEY TO HIDDEN MONGOLIA

GOOGLE ART PROJECT IS GROWING

(Excerpted from APPRAISER WORKSHOP/Todd Szigeti – todd @appraiserworkshops.com)

 

The Mountain View, California-based Internet company has sent robot-like devices equipped with cameras to roll around museums from Sao Paulo to Istanbul over the past year, snapping pictures of as many as 30,000 works.
 
Google is in the process to digitize images of art and artifacts from the world’s best museums, now working with over 150 museums.
to access their site.