Saturday, April 01, 2006

A little more asian art - lurking aesthetics

I haven't quoted like a NY Times groupie for ages; I’ll take my turn now with Roberta Smith's review of the Asian Art Week shows. She's the wise/wry guide you'd seek out...Her observations:

Nailing the sharp and moody lighting that the better booths manipulate to make their stars shine:
"Hiroshi Yanagi's handsomely shadowy booth features..."

Speaking like a theoretically trained art-critic appreciating the brilliance of an even-smarter earlier era:
"At Greg Baker, a wonderfully self-referential Japanese screen depicts a cluster of screens painted in different styles..."

In the voice of an antique-loving, merchandise-wearying observer: "The contemporary art at the fair this year is dispiritingly slick and craft oriented...Some booths seem overly diverse or a tad dumbed down, with results ranging from corporate to desperate."

Moving downtown, to the affordable/eclectic and free-ranging Arts of Pacific Asia Show, our guide hits her aesthetic, and budget, stride:
"The fair offers a mind -boggling array of covetable stuff...the mood is strikingly personal, as dealers follow their tastes and passions, which can be contagious...This is the kind of fair that you can enter as a civilian and leave as a nascent collector - without spending a fortune. It conveys the impression that a life-changing aesthetic experience lurks beyond most of its many twists and turns."

C - from whom you may hear a lot more about the above fair. It was my vegas convention, where - as I explained to R in our ride upstate this evening - I go to hear other people speak of things I love. Burma here, oracle diplays there, dreamy murmuring about the Swat Valley, Bhaktapur in the late '70s, netsuke chatter and two-storey cricket cages.

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