Photo from a model shoot with a distinctive orange background, which has a classic Americana look- feels like from roughly the roaring ’20s.
Archive for the ‘Antiquity’ Category
One of my favorite exhibits in LACMA’s Korean wing, this work of art reminds me of a Katamari… It is a large, (6-8 feet diameter), spherical construction, made from broken pottery fused together, with a golden metallic sealant running along the edges of the individual pieces.
… Now if I can find the Prince…
Photograph of a ancient Chinese Parrot Ewer.
A few weeks back, I noticed that LACMA and Merriam-Webster’s twitter accounts were tweeting back and forth; one tweet in particular caught my attention:
However, the piece of art wasn’t something that I could remember- after a prompt from the LACMA account, I checked it out- and there it was, plain as day. So, here we are…
Photograph of Dǒng Qíchāng’s (董其昌) calligraphic transcription of work the Su Shi (蘇軾) masterpiece, “Second Prose Poem on the Red Cliff”, which is currently on display at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. This piece immediately grabbed my attention, not just because of its size, but due to its content- Red Cliffs (赤壁), or more specifically, the 3rd Century Battle of Red Cliffs, (赤壁之戰), from China’s Three Kingdoms period, is one of the most pivotal battles of that time. (I’ll stop here, because I could seriously go on way too much- the Three Kingdoms is one of my interests…)
Dong Qichang was a Ming Dynasty painter, scholar, calligrapher, and art theorist- his works favored formal likeness, and avoided anything he deemed to be slick or sentimental. As time went on, he tended to create landscapes with intentionally distorted spatial features. He is considered the one of the most, if not the most, versatile Chinese artist of the last five centuries.
Happy New Year to everyone who celebrates the Lunar New Year!
This is a shot from last night’s festivities in Chinatown, Los Angeles- moments before the cluster of firecrackers at the end of one of the ropes of them explodes.
Gōng Xǐ Fā Cái! 恭禧發財 / 恭禧发财 Chúc mừng năm mới!
Wait, its the year of Chimchar (it is the year of the Fire Monkey…)?
A full view of a Mayan round mosaic shield. This artwork was part of the LACMA exhibit, “Children of the Plumed Serpent: The Legacy of Quetzalcoatl in Ancient Mexico”. This mosaic resonated with me- the colours, the details, the amount of work that must have went into affixing tiny chips of turquoise to wood with natural gum… and then lasted for almost a millenium and counting.
Seriously, this piece demonstrates how much beauty the First Nations were capable of.