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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
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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.

 

ASIA WEEK NEW YORK

 Not to be missed – an ever important event for collectors,  museum buyers, “regular” buyers and passionate  lookers.

 ASIA WEEK NEW YORK
March 16-24th

Five auction houses (Bonhams, Christie’s, Doyle, iGavel and Sotheby), seventeen museums and Asian cultural institutions and over thirty prominent  art dealers from the U.S. and abroad!
 
 
Bonhams will feature a great auction of Indian, Himalayan and Southeast Asian Art, March 19th with about 250 lots.
 
ASIA WEEK NEW YORK

TURQUOISE MOUNTAIN ARTS OF KABUL

February 7, 2012 Leave a comment
 
If you are in love with  Afghanistan’s  culture, history and people like I am or if you are merely interested in Afghanistan, then I would like to share with you news about a project in Kabul that is going on  despite politics, poverty and uncertainties.  I have always believed that by supporting education and training for  artists, architects, teachers, students,  by  providing an environment where they can create and produce their work, and then connecting them with a global community,  — the culture, the arts, crafts, pride and future of a country can be ensured and  the fight against poverty and disruptions can go forward.

Such is the case with Turquoise Mountain Arts  – http://www.turquoisemountainarts.org/  –  founded under the charities of HRH The  Prince of Wales  establishing an Institute of Traditional Afghan Arts and Architecture together with four craft schools. Please go to their website at
http://www.turquoisemountainarts.org/.

 
 It includes Jewelry, Calligraphy and Miniature Painting, Woodworking  and  Ceramic schools. Their   website introduces teachers and artists  and their work.  Commissions range from the very small to large projects (like the Embassy library in Tokyo) and Turquoise Mountain encourages you to submit your order for custom work under the BESPOKE menu button.

Be sure and check out the Partners connected with  Turquoise Mountain Arts, – each of them continuing the work with artists, artisans, and crafts people in Afghanistan.