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CINCINNATI ART MUSEUM

 

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The Cincinnati Museum of Art has just received the single largest monetary gift  (11.75 million gift) in its history, adding to its collection of South Asian art, and the arts of Greater  Iran and Afghanistan – through the benevolence of Carl and Alice Bimei. The Bimeis collected  paintings including miniature paintings and other South Asian works of art.

Off to Cincinnati!

RE-OPENING OF THE FORMERLY KNOWN AS ISLAMIC GALLERIES

November 5, 2011 Leave a comment

GALLERIES FOR THE ART OF THE ARAB LANDS, TURKEY, IRAN, CENTRAL ASIA AND LATER SOUTH ASIA at the METROPOLITAN MUSEUM


RE-OPENING OF THE FORMERLY KNOWN AS ISLAMIC GALLERIES
 
I have written about this before but this is such a major undertaking by the museum and especially by Navina Haidar, Curator of Islamic Art at the museum, with many far reaching considerations to be taken into account – it was not just an overhaul of the museum’s permanent “Islamic” collection.  According to an article in Sunday’s NYT Magazine, controversies popped up during the eight years of planning.  The museum was accused of caving in to Muslim extremists by refusing to display any images of the Prophet – but there is an image of Muhammad riding his winged steed, Buraq, on a page from an illustrated 16th century manuscript. And we should remember that it was during the reign of Akbar the Great, during the late 16th century that  Hindu-themed paintings were commissioned by this Muslim ruler. There was tolerance then. 
 I have only seen photos and a lay-out of the  different galleries and cannot wait to see them in person. In the meantime, we can dream about them – with names like The Damascus Room, Nishapur and the Sabz-Pushan site,  Moroccan Court,  and Carpets and Textiles of the Greater Ottoman  World.
 
 

ART OF THE ARAB LANDS

October 27, 2011 Leave a comment

ART OF THE ARAB LANDS NEWLY NAMED GALLERIES OPENING AT THE MET NOVEMBER 1st 15 galleries, 1,200 works of art, spanning 13 centuries – all in the galleries now named ART OF THE ARAB LANDS including Turkey, Iran, Central Asia and Later South Asia, stretching from the culture of Moorish Spain to that of the Mughal in India. I read that the items have been arranged chronologically and with great sensitivity – a mihrab or prayer niche from a 14th century mosque has been oriented so that it faces east. I hope to see the galleries in the near future.

Books I would like to share

Books I would like to share, and books and auction catalogues I have for sale ——- so that I can buy more books!

If you are always spending money on books like I do  and are trying to get a good deal once in a while, here are some older exhibition catalogues that can now  be obtained at a discount.  The books are available from a variety of sellers including amazon.com.

THE TSARS AND THE EAST: GIFTS FROM TURKEY AND IRAN TO THE MOSCOW KREMLIN
This is the exhibition catalogue  for a wonderful  2009 exhibit at the Freer/Sackler Gallery/Smithsonian Institution. In addition to depicting the more than sixty examples of lavish tributes,  not seen outside Russia before, the catalogue explores the complex political and trade relations between Russia and its neighbors during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. 

FALNAMA: THE BOOK OF OMENS  
Exhibition catalogue for the 2009 Sackler Gallery  show illustrating the art of divination in the Islamic world.  Falnama were exuberantly painted pictures created in Savafid Iran and Ottoman Turkey in the sixteenth and seventeeth centuries. Images and scholarly texts on the meaning of dreams, omens and divination are shown in the catalogue.

One of my absolute favorite exhibitions and catalogues –
ENCOMPASSING THE GLOBE: PORTUGAL AND THE WORLD IN THE 16TH AND 17TH CENTURIES
A global trading network established by Portuguese sailors resulting in treasures  gathered from international private collectors and museums with rare paintings, maps, sculptures, manuscripts and other wonders  from Portugal, Africa, Brazil, China, Japan and the Indian Ocean. This is a three volume catalogue with full color reproductions of each of approximately 250 items. 

And here is my “book shop”:

  1. Three Asian art auction catalogues – two Bonham’s Fine Asian Works of Art, San Francisco, June 7, 2005 and June 21, 2006 and  one Skinner  Asian Works of Art,   Boston, April 2, 2005.  $ 35 for the lot of three  plus shipping.
  2. Nine Asian art auction catalogues – five  Christie’s London and New York  2001 Asian Art  and Asian Decorative Arts catalogues; one Butterfield’s San Francisco 2001  Fine Asian Art; two Christie’s London 2002 Asian Decorative Arts; one Butterfield’s San Francisco 2002 Fine Asian Works of Art. $ 63 for the lot of nine plus shipping.
  3. Nine Asian art auction catalogues – four Christie’s from 2003; four  Christie’s  from 2000;  one Bonham’s  from 2003. $ 90 for the lot of nine plus shipping.
  4. Seven Asian art auction catalogues – two Korean art  catalogues from 1997; four Chinese art catalogues from 1997; one Japanese art catalogue from 1997. $ 40 for the lot of seven plus shipping.
  5. Eighteen Asian art auction catalogues – five  Japanese art catalogues from 1998; eleven Chinese art catalogues from 1998; two Korean art catalogues from 1998.  $ 100 for the lot of 18 plus shipping.
  6. Twelve Asian art auction catalogues – one Japanese art catalogue from 1999; eleven Chinese art catalogues from 1998. $ 60 for the lot of twelve plus shipping.