Volume 38 – Number 6
The four features on Chinese art focus on new research and findings in bronzes, textiles and Buddhist sculptures. Jay Xu's article on a ding in the AIC and Nancy Steinhardt's on Liao textiles in the Abegg-Stiftung show how museums and institutions - despite limitations often imposed by funding and bureaucracy - can still make selective acquisitions that significantly enhance their holdings and further understanding of the field. An exhibition at the China Institute and an ongoing project at the University of Chicago reveal that extraordinary creativity that accompanied the flowering of Buddhism during the Northern Qi and Northern Zhou periods. Annette Juliano introduces unpublished images - many archaeologically retrieved - from the Beilin Museum in Xi'an, and Katherine Tsiang discovers sculptures in US and Japanese collections that once stood in the cave-temple site of Xiantangshan.
Auction reports from Beijing, London, Hong Kong and Paris chart the bullish Asian art market. With the onset of the busy autumn, we bring previews of fairs and gallery shows.