Volume 42 – Number 3
New Asian Galleries at The Art Institute of Chicago
Cover: Detail of Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara
India, Bihar, Pala Period, c. 11th century
Height 114 cm, width 53.9 cm, depth 18.1 cm
Promised Gift of James W. and Marilynn Alsdorf (9.1999)
This April, we celebrate the new Asian galleries at The Art Institute of Chicago. Thanks to a generous endowment by Life Trustee Marilynn Alsdorf, more than 400 objects, many of them seldom exhibited and little known, have been given a permanent home. The Alsdorf Galleries of Indian, Southeast Asian, Himalayan and Islamic Art opened in December 2008, followed by the launch of the galleries of Later Indian and Islamic art. Madhuvanti Ghose and Marion Wood Covey guide us through some of the Indian treasures in sculpture and painting; Yuka Kadoi looks at the origins of Persian blue-and-white ceramics; Kathryn Selig Brown appraises the strengths within the Himalayan collection; and Robert L. Brown introduces us to highlights among the Khmer sculptures.
In other features, Puay-peng Ho reviews two books on cave-temple art at Dunhuang and Kizil, respectively. Contemporary art coverage includes Michael Hatch’s thoughts on the recent exhibition ‘Fresh Ink: Ten Takes on Chinese Tradition’ at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (featured in our October 2010 issue); and Kristina Kleutghen comments on Barbara Pollack’s controversial book about China’s contemporary art scene.