Archive for October 2011

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It’s a tired trope, but now and then you spot an ‘East meets West’ that makes you smile — spotted in the window of a framing shop on Lexington Avenue:

Posted October 26, 2011 by leeadairlawrence in Uncategorized


Lalani Nan’s paintings are transporting — not sure I can tell you why I find them so; not sure I want to.  When words like color, texture, sensuality, abstraction start playing in my brain, I’ve moved away from the paintings.  So, instead, here they are on the Ricco Maresca gallery site.

Posted October 19, 2011 by leeadairlawrence in Art, painting


Indian painters, whether they worked for emperors or Rajputs, most probably never cowered in the shadows — I imagine the workshops they worked in had just the right amount of daylight needed for them to apply brush to palm-leaf and, from about 1500 onward, to paper.  But in the way art historians have in the past constructed the story, their identities were overshadowed by this notion that beautifully illustrated manuscripts “emanated” from ateliers.  Of course there were people who wielded brush and ground pigments, but according to this paradigm they were somewhat like factory workers executing routine tasks.

It has taken a lot of painstaking research to shift that paradigm — but shifted it has, as “Wonder of the Age,” currently at the Met shows.  My review in the WSJ and images of some of the works on display, including a couple that show how much some artists ventured across artistic borders ….

(click on the image to enlarge it —  scroll over the image to find out who owns the painting)

Posted October 8, 2011 by leeadairlawrence in Asian art, museum shows, South Asian Art