Volume 42 – Number 6
Master Painters of India
The Art of Fu Baoshi
Max Loehr, James Cahill and the Flying Dragon
18th Century Chinese Jade
The Piccus Collection
Cover: Detail of To Li Shuyi: Poem of Mao Zedong
By Fu Baoshi (1904-65), 1958
Hanging scroll, ink and colour on paper
Height 137.8 cm, width 69 cm
(Image courtesy of Nanjing Museum)
Three features in this issue explore the diversity of brush, ink and colour. Coinciding with an exhibition of Indian paintings at the Met, John Guy shows how the emperor Akbar’s patronage of artists resulted in a painting revolution that crossed geographical, cultural and religious divides. Anita Chung looks at the work of one of modern China’s most celebrated painters, Fu Baoshi, the focus of an exhibition at The Cleveland Museum of Art. As a timely tribute to James Cahill, who celebrated his 85th birthday this summer, J. P. Park − with insights from Cahill himself − recalls the creation of the ‘Train Scroll’, an art-historical parody presented as a birthday gift to the late Max Loehr in 1952. In other features, John Johnston looks at 18th century highlights of an historic exhibition of Chinese jade at the San Antonio Museum of Art. Konstanze Knittler presents her research on the famille-noire porcelain admired by 19th century Western collectors. Robert P. Piccus shares some insights into the collecting of Tibetan rugs.
In addition to tributes to renowned art-world figures Carla Grissman and MF Husain, we have reviews of two important books on Chinese monochromes and Indonesian textiles, respectively. We also look back at a recent symposium in Hong Kong on Chinese export porcelain and last May’s ART HK. Leslie Nguyen Temple tells the story behind a modern-day monumental silk thangka. Reviews of the spring auctions in the US, Europe, China and Hong Kong gauge the state of the flourishing Asian art market. In our commentary, Marc Wilson considers the appeal of art museums in an age where audiences are conditioned to instant gratification.