Volume 42 – Number 2
Lhasa Lukhang Murals at the Rubin Museum of Art
Mohammad Nari Stele at Asia Society Museum
Yangzi River Bronzes at China Institute Gallery
Wu Dacheng: Two Handscrolls from the Shanghai Museum
Chinese Cloisonné at the Bard Graduate Center Gallery
'Bye Bye Kitty!!!' at Japan Society Gallery
'Bali: Art, Ritual and Performance' at the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco
An Interview with Robert Y. C. Ho
Cover: Melasti ceremony (detail)
(Photograph © Yoga Raharja)
The articles in this issue shed new light on diverse genres of Asian art. Christian Luczanits presents his reading of the famed Lhasa Lukhang murals, captured in life-size digital images, on view at the Rubin; Juhyung Rhi interprets the iconography of a well-known Gandharan stele in the upcoming show at Asia Society Museum. Willow Chang reflects on the early bronze culture of Hunan in relation to an exhibition at China Institute Gallery, while Clarissa von Spee demonstrates the historical and political significance of Chinese bronzes, with reference to late Qing calligrapher and collector Wu Dacheng. Béatrice Quette reveals exciting new findings on Chinese cloisonné, the topic of an exhibition at the Bard Graduate Center. Joe Earle brings us up to date on developments in contemporary Japanese art, as seen in an exhibition at Japan Society Gallery, while Natasha Reichle’s discussion of an exhibition of Balinese devotional art at the AAM in San Francisco marks the first of a series of exciting events coming up at the museum. In our interview, we chat with Robert Y. C. Ho about the work of the Ho Family Foundation.
Regina Krahl pays tribute to Chinese art connoisseur Julian Thompson. Peter Burleigh reviews Mary Shepherd Slusser’s study of Nepalese wood carvings and Rachel Michael visits the exhibition ‘Clouded Moonlight’ in Macao. Previews of major events this spring and reviews of autumn auctions illustrate the strength of the market for Asian, especially Chinese, art. In the latest of our commentaries on the plight of Afghanistan’s archaeological sites, Joanie Meharry reports on developments at Mes Aynak.