Thursday, September 29, 2016

Art & Design: Can Maastricht Take Manhattan?

By Judith H. Dobryzynski
Claude de France’s illuminated Book of Hours, which includes 39 miniatures, will be at the fair. Credit via Heribert Tenschert Antiquariat Bibermühle AG
NEW YORK---For six days beginning on Oct. 21, visitors to the crenelated, fortresslike Park Avenue Armory will find its 19th-century interior transformed into a light, modern setting. Translucent scrims will obscure the dark-wood lobby and second-floor period rooms, which will open to the public for the first time since their recent restoration. Muted colors will turn the Drill Room into airy galleries. There’s a message in this metamorphosis, which was commissioned for the American debut of the European Fine Art Fair, known as Tefaf. With its careful vetting of objects on display, dating from antiquity to the present, the fair is considered the most prestigious art bazaar in the world. [link]

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Borobudur Festival to Return With Erotic, Religious Themes

By Masajeng Rahmiasri
Image inspired by Serat Centhini, a 12-volume work created by Pakubuwono V of the Surakarta kingdom and three court poets
INDONESIA---The Borobudur Writers and Cultural Festival (BWCF) is set to return for the fifth time from Oct. 5 to 8 in Magelang and Yogyakarta, Central Java. This year, the event will feature scientific discussion about ancient scriptures that relate to eroticism and religiosity, specifically Serat Centhini, a 12-volume work created by Pakubuwono V of the Surakarta kingdom and three court poets. It will also offer other events, such as photo and painting exhibitions, workshops, arts performances and a discussion between writers and the Creative Economy Agency (Bekraf) with the aim of creating an Indonesian writers association. [link]

J. Paul Getty Museum Presents the Alchemy of Color in Medieval Manuscripts

CALIFORNIA---Today color is appreciated primarily for its aesthetic qualities, but during the Middle Ages it was also recognized for its material, scientific, and mechanical properties. The manufacture of colored pigments and inks used for painting and writing was part of the science of alchemy, the chemical transformation of matter. The Alchemy of Color in Medieval Manuscripts will be on view October 11, 2016 –January 1, 2017 at the J. Paul Getty Museum.