On the way to Art Miami, held this year in the midst of a group of other fairs in Wynwood, across the bay from Miami Beach, I ran into Jayson Musson who was heading off to see a friend at Scope, one block south. Jayson had come to Miami to do Hennessy Youngman Presents: His History of Art at the NADA fair on December 1, and commented that the entry price to Art Basel Miami Beach was prohibitive. It was. I mentioned that those of us in Philadelphia wish him well, but also wish his descriptor, living in New York ... More » »
The Making of Art (Buchhandlung Walther Koenig: Cologne, 2009) ISBN 978-3-86560-586-3 Target Practice; Painting Under Attack 1949-78 (Seattle Art Museum, 2009) ISBN 978-0-932216-64-9 Those of us involved in the art world never seem to tire of looking critically at the way that world works. Self reflection has been the basis of a number of exhibitions in recent years; I saw two devoted to artists’ studios: The Studio at the Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane (discussed on Jan. 3, 2007) and Picturing the Studio at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (2009-10). The Making of Art, at the ... More » »
Threads and Voices; Behind the Indian Textile Tradition, Laila Tyabji, ed. (Marg Publications, Mumbai: 2007), ISBN 8185026793 India has an extraordinarily rich textile tradition but this is not a book about beautiful fabrics. Rather it tells stories of the village craftsmen (spinners, weavers, printers, dyers and embroiderers) who produce hand-worked textiles today. Eleven studies from eight states across India examine the conflict they face between individual creativity and market forces, traditional designs and international taste and emphasize the economic motivation behind their craft.