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Island Magic at Minasian Chicago

Has Chicago’s Minasian Oriental Rug Gallery gone flat? In a certain sense, yes – – they’ve hung a fabulous show of Indonesian flatweave textiles rather than their usual rugs. The exhibition, entitled “Island Magic: Court and Tribal Textiles from Indonesia” runs through the 10th of January, and was reviewed in HALI this … Continue reading

Filled under : Textiles
Author : Susi
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Primarily Primal: SF Tribal at the Presidio

Better late than never, here’s a review of the October group show by SF|Tribal, an association of Bay Area dealers. This year the event, entitled Primal at the Presidio, had a superb venue (Herbst Pavilion), for the weekend show and opening party. Numerous prominent dealers in fine Indonesian textiles and … Continue reading

Filled under : Ethnographica , Textiles , Tribal Art
Author : Susi
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Tagged on : art exhibitions , art fairs
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Witness the Self-Evident: Budi Agung Kuswara at Komaneka Gallery

Who hung this show? I forgot to ask during the opening last Saturday at Komaneka Gallery. What was extraordinary to me, and what begged the question about who hung this show, was the spontaneous emergence of a narrative, revealed in the sequence of images considered in turn while circulating clockwise … Continue reading

Filled under : Bali , Fine Art
Author : Susi
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Pretty Viscera: Davina Stephens at Ganesha Gallery

Something profound happened at the opening reception for Davina Stephens’ exhibition entitled “This Side of Paradise” (Ganesha Gallery, Four Seasons Resort Jimbaran, 18 December).  What happened is perhaps best voiced by considering the contrasts in Davina’s most recent work. On the one hand these are images that could be, and have … Continue reading

Filled under : Bali , Fine Art
Author : Susi
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Update on the “Ugo-Filippo Show”

Finally, here are photos from the Ugo Untoro/Filippo Sciascia vernissage at Biasa Artspace (which I posted about a couple weeks ago). Your patience has been rewarded. Sorry, no photos of Ugo. He’s kind of shy. The tense reciprocity of Ugo and Filippo’s collaborative works is visually arresting, and crackles with static electricity. Viewers were … Continue reading

Filled under : Bali , Fine Art
Author : Susi
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Get Met Mania This Summer : Radiance from the Rain Forest

Here is another special summer exhibition on at the Met that’s a crowd-pleaser, a kid-pleaser, and also pleasing to serious connoisseurs. Radiance from the Rain Forest: Featherwork in Ancient Peru, which stays up until 1 September. Many of these seventy-or-so masterpieces of featherwork are a millenium and a half old. … Continue reading

Filled under : Ethnographica , Textiles , Tribal Art
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Tagged on : art exhibitions , colour , museums
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Get Met Mania This Summer : Special Exhibitions Galore

The Metropolitan Museum of Art has outdone itself this year with a schedule of summer exhibitions to amaze its seasonal sea of visitors and keep the revolving doors turning at 78rpm until “back to school” time comes around. We don’t usually go Baroque here, but must make note of Art … Continue reading

Filled under : Design , Furniture Design
Author : Susi
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Textile Designers Take Note: Big Batik Exhibition in Hawaii

Lush, crisp, sophisticated, graphic, earthy, arresting. Antique batik at its highest levels has much to offer contemporary textile designers. Far more than one would think based on the banal repertoire of tourist batiks which are the most frequently seen examples outside of Indonesia. Visit the Honolulu Academy of Art between … Continue reading

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A Lush Vernissage: Davina Stephens @ Warisan Casa

Davina Stephens‘ paintings are a lush celebration of the fecundity of Bali. She expresses not only the fecundity of this tropical world in all its riotous exuberance, she reveals the fecundity that arises at the intersection of Bali with the rest of the world which beholds, adores and consumes it. … Continue reading

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Indonesian Textiles @ ArtIC

From last December until March an extraordinary exhibition of Indonesian textiles was up at the venerable Art Institute of Chicago, entitled The Art of Indonesian Textiles. It closed in March, so if you didn’t go, you missed it.  But you can still get the book, which is as extraordinary as … Continue reading

Filled under : Textiles , Tribal Art
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