Saturday, January 20, 2018

Chinese Buddhist devotional art leads Gianguan Auctions March sale

Sui Dynasty gilt-bronze altarpiece of Buddha Maitreya with seven Buddha on lotus blossom thrones. Gianguan Auctions, March, 2018.
Gianguan Auctions will hold its 16th annual spring sale on Saturday, March 10. Marquee properties include a rare Sui Dynasty Buddhist altarpiece, a Northern Qi Buddhist stele and a Western Wei Shrine. From the unifying Sui period comes a gilt-bronze altarpiece of Buddha Maitreya that suggests the Seven Buddhas on the Great Tower of Asoka. Of exceptional definition, the Maitreya is seated in dhyanasana with hands positioned in karanamudra. Gallery previews begin Thursday, March 1 and continue through Friday, Mar. 9 (10AM - 7PM EST). The auction starts at 10 a.m. on Saturday, March 10 and will be online at, & [More]

Friday, January 19, 2018

Philadelphia art exhibit presents fabrics from Jewish tradition

By Selah Maya Zighelboim
Pillows for a Passover Seder by Ricki Lent | Photos provided
PHILADELPHIA---A burning bush, Elijah’s cup and the Red Nile — all made of mosaic — decorate clay pillows in a piece for the upcoming exhibit, The Needle’s Trail, at the Temple Judea Museum. Ricki Lent, the artist behind Pillows for a Passover Seder, said museum curator Rita Rosen Poley invited her to reinterpret the idea of fabric for a piece in the exhibit. The exhibit focuses on fabric, but Lent took it in a different direction. The Needle’s Trail will run at the museum at Reform Congregation Keneseth Israel from Jan. 19 to March 23. The exhibit will showcase about 100 pieces, including textiles from the museum’s collection and artwork from members of the Temple Judea Museum Artists’ Collaborative and the Pomegranate Guild of Judaic Needlework’s local chapter. [More]

Artist Prashant Shah paints the beauty of Jain temples

By Shailaja Tripathi
“Homage to Bhagwan Bahubali” by artist Prashant Shah
Besides highlighting the aesthetics and the beauty of Jain temples, artist Prashant Shah also underlines the life of Gomateshwara, the revered Jain monk whose tall statue in Shravanbelagola makes for a fascinating sight. To take up religious matter for a painting exhibition can be tricky but Prashant Shah is quite up to the challenge. He wants the viewer to only appreciate the art for art’s sake at his two ongoing exhibitions “Homage to Bhagwan Bahubali” and “Masterpieces of Jain Heritage” at Karnataka Chitrakala Parishath in Bengaluru. He would rather have a viewer appreciate the ancient heritage of Jain scriptures, the temple icons, sculptures, bas relief for their aesthetics and beauty. [More]

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Collectors, can’t tell Ken Burns quilts are quaint

Show Us Your Walls
By Judith H. Dobrzynski
I don’t have a quilt that gives me more pleasure than this one,” the filmmaker Ken Burns said of the “Circular Wreath” quilt that hangs above his bed in his Manhattan apartment. An exhibition of his quilt collection opens this week at the International Quilt Study Center & Museum in Lincoln, Neb. Credit: Benjamin Norman for The New York Times
NEW YORK---This week, the International Quilt Study Center & Museum in Lincoln, Neb., will reveal a surprising side of the prolific filmmaker Ken Burns: He collects quilts. The exhibition “Uncovered: The Ken Burns Collection” will display 28 of them for the first time. Mr. Burns has been buying American quilts since the mid-1970s, often on prowls through antique stores on the back roads of New England; before too long, dealers began coming to him. He now owns about 75 quilts, split among his home, office, barn and lake house in New Hampshire. He also keeps three in his Manhattan apartment, including his favorite, the “Circular Wreath” quilt, which hangs above his bed. [More]

California artist weaves faith into acclaimed works

By Kimberly Winston, Religion News Service
Lorenzo Hurtado Segovia, 38, is a contemporary artist who taps into his faith to create art that pushes back against conservative notions of Christianity. RNS photo by Kimberly Winston
LOS ANGELES---Lorenzo Hurtado Segovia had a full scholarship to study engineering and was more than halfway to his degree when he took an art class. It changed his life. Today, Hurtado Segovia, 38, is a much-admired contemporary artist who lives, works and shows in this city, which has become ground zero for much of American contemporary art. He is fresh off a critically acclaimed solo show that one reviewer called “deftly crafted, quirky, spiritual, private and timeless.” He is also Christian, something that frequently makes its way into his work in ways both open and veiled. “One of the challenges I have is to speak to Christians and to non-Christians in an accessible language,” Hurtado Segovia said. [More]