Artistic visions of the Delhi Zenana by J.P. Losty Curator of Visual Arts, Emeritus – British Library Blog

Three interesting portraits on ivory of Mughal ladies of the imperial zenana were acquired by the Visual Arts section in 2012, now numbered Add.Or.5719-5721.  All three were mounted in one frame with pasted down inscriptions below relating to the subject and the artist, while attached to the back of the frame were three envelopes which once contained the miniatures and which were written further particulars.  The paintings were sold in Delhi in these envelopes in 1900 by Sultan Ahmad Khan, who styles himself the son of one painter Muhammad Fazl Khan and grandson of another painter Muhammad ‘Azim, both of whom are named as artists in the inscriptions.  The purchaser must have put them into their present gilt frame and fortunately also preserved the various inscriptions and attestations.  All three are supposed to be portraits of some of the wives of the Mughal Emperor Akbar II (r. 1806-37).  For a more correct appreciation of who they might be, we rely on that invaluable on-line resource, The Royal Ark.  None of these ladies’ names unfortunately appears among the numerous wives of Akbar II, but that does not necessarily detract from the validity of the inscriptions of artistic interest.

 

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Further Delhi paintings on ivory by J.P. Losty, Curator of Visual Arts (Emeritus) – British Library Blog

Previous posts on the subject of late Mughal or Delhi miniature paintings on ivory have dealt with portraits, with which the Visual Arts collection is well endowed. Not so well represented in the earlier collection are topographical paintings on ivory, so it was especially gratifying to be able to acquire two superb examples of the genre during my time as Curator of Visual Arts.  See more at: http://britishlibrary.typepad.co.uk/asian-and-african/2016/04/further-delhi-paintings-on-ivory.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+asian-and-african+%28Asia+and+Africa%29#sthash.wIWEDnVZ.dpuf

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Nasreen Mohamedi – Exhibition Review from The MET

One of the most significant artists to emerge in post-Independence India, Nasreen Mohamedi (1937–1990) created a body of work that demonstrates a singular and sustained engagement with abstraction. Her minimalist practice not only adds a rich layer to the history of South Asian art but also necessitates an expansion of the narratives of international modernism. The Met Breuer exhibition, the first museum retrospective of the artist’s work in the United States, is an important part of the Met’s initiative to explore and present the global scope of modern and contemporary art.

Video: http://bcove.me/38dqz44o

More: http://www.metmuseum.org/exhibitions/listings/2016/nasreen-mohamedi?utm_source=MetNews&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=MetNewsMar182016#

Asia Week New York opens with 45 extraordinary museum-quality exhibitions, Art Daily

NEW YORK, NY.- March 10th kicks off Asia Week New York, the extraordinary ten-day extravaganza that animates New York with a glorious array of prized Asian works of art.

Originating from every corner of the Asian continent, the artworks will be shown throughout Manhattan by international Asian art specialists starting March 10 through March 19. In the museum-quality presentations by 45 galleries, art lovers can take in the rarest and finest examples of painting, sculpture, bronzes, ceramics, jewelry, jade, textiles, prints and photographs from all over Asia.

“Each year at this time, just as the flavor of spring arrives in the air, another phenomenon electrifies the atmosphere of New York: Asia Week!” exclaims Lark Mason, Chairman of Asia Week New York 2016 and owner and founder of iGavel Auctions. “And each year, in-the-know aficionados look forward to this 10-day event with great expectation. And why shouldn’t they? Asia Week, now celebrating its seventh anniversary, is more exciting than ever.”

Organized by category and region, here is a roundup of the not-to-be-missed exhibitions by the participating galleries:

ANCIENT/AND OR CONTEMPORARY INDIAN, HIMALAYAN AND SOUTHEAST ASIAN ART

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Destination Bangladesh: art world decamps to third Dhaka Art Summit

Four-day event is billed as “the world’s largest non-commercial platform for South Asian art” by GARETH HARRIS  |  4 February 2016 – The Art NewsPaper

A key art-historical exhibition throwing new light on historic post-war works by South Asian artists forms part of the third Dhaka Art Summit in Bangladesh, which opens tomorrow (5-8 February). The show, entitled Rewind, features 12 artists including the late Bangladeshi practitioner Rashid Choudhury and Indian-born Monika Correa. The Indian art collector Amrita Jhaveri is sponsoring the exhibition, which is part of a programme encompassing solo art projects, group shows, panel discussions, and workshops.

More: http://theartnewspaper.com/news/news/destination-bangladesh-art-world-decamps-to-third-dhaka-art-summit/

Till death us do part – or not? British Library Blog

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The highlight of most wedding ceremonies is two people making their vows to each other by promising to be true to each other ‘for better, for worse … till death us do part’. But what happens when they die? Where does all the eternal love sworn by innumerable couples go? We first explored the subject in East Asian ghoulish images & stories last year; this year we concentrate on one particular story to investigage the possibilities of love after death. – See more at: http://britishlibrary.typepad.co.uk/asian-and-african/2015/10/till-death-us-do-part-or-not.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+asian-and-african+%28Asia+and+Africa%29#sthash.cifY0dJa.dpuf

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From Hyperallergic – Hand-tinted Photos of Geishas and Idyllic Landscapes in Early Modern Japan by Julia Friedman on September 15, 2015

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Japan’s Meiji period (1868–1912) is commonly described as a time of quick economic and political modernization and self-conscious competition with Western military might and colonial aspirations. The Meiji Restoration of 1868 marked the end of the feudal rule, of an agriculturally dependent economy, and of Buddhism as the official state religion (replaced with Shintô, which holds the emperor to be divine). Under the reign of Emperor Mutsuhito, Japan adopted a constitution with an elected parliament, built military might, experienced massive transportation and industrial industry growth, and put in place a national education system. Pale Pink and Light Blue, a current exhibition at the Museum for Photography in Berlin’s Kunstbibliothek, captures one aspect of the period’s.

More: http://hyperallergic.com/236507/hand-tinted-photos-of-geishas-and-idyllic-landscapes-in-modern-japan/?utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Various+Visions+of+the+Future+in+NYCs+First+New+Subway+Station+in+25+Years&utm_content=Various+Visions+of+the+Future+in+NYCs+First+New+Subway+Station+in+25+Years+CID_4ca0d64c07b00489d069dfb12d7b3ac8&utm_source=HyperallergicNewsletter&utm_term=Hand-tinted%20Photos%20of%20Geishas%20and%20Idyllic%20Landscapes%20in%20Early%20Modern%20Japan

Cats in Persian manuscripts – From Asian and African Studies Blog, British Library

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Double-page opening to the tales of the two jackals Kalilah and Dimnah, by Naṣr Allāh ibn Muḥammad, dated AH 707/1307-8. Here the king is enthroned on the left, surrounded by courtiers with two lions beneath and, on the right, hunting cheetahs, a horse and a hawk – See more at: http://britishlibrary.typepad.co.uk/asian-and-african/2015/08/cats-in-persian-manuscripts.html#sthash.zofw507e.dpuf

Since August 8th is International Cat Day, it seemed a good excuse to publish some of the more picturesque felines from the manuscripts we have been working with during the last three years of our project ‘Digital Access to Persian Manuscripts’. – See more at: http://britishlibrary.typepad.co.uk/asian-and-african/2015/08/cats-in-persian-manuscripts.html#sthash.zofw507e.dpuf

More: http://britishlibrary.typepad.co.uk/asian-and-african/2015/08/cats-in-persian-manuscripts.html

Singapore’s Huge National Gallery Will Open with Pompidou and Circumstance by Allison Meier on June 24, 2015

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Exterior of National Gallery Singapore (courtesy National Gallery Singapore, via Flickr)

The largest public collection of modern Southeast Asian art is opening this October, and the institution that will house it just announced a collaborative exhibition with the Centre Pompidou in 2016. National Gallery Singapore (NGS) joins two historic buildings — the city-state’s former Supreme Court and City Hall — with an adaptive reuse design by studioMilou Architecture. A gold roof of 15,000 aluminum panels sweeps between the neoclassical structures, with a light-strewn courtyard constructed in the center.

More: http://hyperallergic.com/217173/singapores-huge-national-gallery-will-open-with-pompidou-and-circumstance/?utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=NYC+Public+Libraries+Get+Largest+Funding+Increase+Ever&utm_content=NYC+Public+Libraries+Get+Largest+Funding+Increase+Ever+CID_e20561a0f8e40d06a00c00e0a5b8e37f&utm_source=HyperallergicNewsletter&utm_term=Singapores%20Huge%20National%20Gallery%20Will%20Open%20with%20Pompidou%20and%20Circumstance

Decorative Truck Art from Pakistan

Pakistani Truck Art

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Photograph by MARK RYCKAERT

On the roads of Pakistan you will find moving art on every road in the form of decorated trucks and vehicles. With dazzling colours, ornate detailing and magnificent trinkets, these moving art exhibits inject your daily commute with Pakistani culture and symbolism.

Please enjoy this small sample of decorated trucks from Pakistan. There are many more examples of this amazing style, the Sifter will definitely be doing a follow-up post!

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Photograph by AFRAZOV

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Photograph by IMRAN THE TREKKER (IMRAN SCHAH)

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Photograph by RAJA QAISER

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Photograph by BAPTISTE MARCEL

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Photograph via MISHARI MUQBIL

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Photograph by IMRAN THE TREKKER (IMRAN SCHAH)

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Photograph via FAISAL RAFIQ

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Photograph by SYED KAZMI

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Photograph by AHTISHAM78

TRUCK ART IN PAKISTAN


– Truck art and decorations can cost upwards of $5,000. A hefty price when you consider the average income is around $2,100
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