Posts Tagged ‘culture’


One of my favorite magazines


has a wonderful article on  Ainu Textiles by Virginia Soenksen who most recently was  curatorial assistant at the Clark Center for  Japanese Art and Culture in Hanford, California.  The pieces featured belong to the collection of Thomas Murray a very well known dealer in Asiatica and Ethnographica.

The article explains the traditions of the Ainu mainly found on Hokkaido, Sakhalin and the Kuril Islands.  Ainu garments, extensively made from elm fiber, have the most striking  geometric motifs, with designs executed with appliqué,  embroidery and also beading. Unfortunately the article cannot be accessed on-line but if you are interested I can scan in the article.

Just to give you an idea of Ainu garments – this robe is from the Commons Gallery, Art Building, University of Hawaii @ Manoa.

Art for a Modern India

February 26, 2012 Leave a comment

If you are in or near  Charlottesville, VA,  I suggest you go to Rebecca Brown’s presentation. She is a South Asian art historian specializing in 18th and 19th century visual culture and politics, and   heavily engaged with Asian and South Asian Studies, has written extensively for professional journals and her most recent book  was published in 2009 – Art for a Modern India.


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  –  –  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

 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.


China jumped from ninth place to first place in 2010, becoming the world’s largest auction marketplace for Fine Art, overtaking the United States and United Kingdom. In addition,  the dramatic evolution of the internet and its 2 billion and a half users have caused a speedy acceleration of online art sales. All this is reported by Artprice, the world leader of art market information. China not only played an important role in the global economic recovery, it also seized the limelight in cultural, art  and sports events. Expressing the pride of Chinese culture it took the global auction prices to new heights. And what I have commented about before — prices of Chinese artists have not only closed the gap but overtaken Western artists and art works. 
So it is no surprise that the Ullens Collection auctioned off at Sotheby’s Hong Kong on April 3, 2011 brought new record prices for contemporary Chinese art.