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Thomaï Serdari on Fine Arts & Luxury
An illustration to the Ramayana Mewar, circa 1710. Courtesy of Bonhams.

As Asia Week New York just kicked off, fervor for the numerous works exhibited at Sotheby’s, Christie’s and Bonhams is rising. Auctions are scheduled for the upcoming week. A collaboration among auction houses, independent dealers and major cultural institutions, such as Asia Society, Japan Society, Rubin Museum of Art etc., Asia Week aims at celebrating and […]

Fornasetti enamelled brown glass, 1937. Courtesy of Alexandre Biaggi.

Call it name-dropping, call it trend-setting, brand-cladding is an art for urbane New Yorkers. These global nomads, whether local or international, are well versed in the language of brands. They show a flare for branded apparel, define their lifestyle according to branded neighborhoods, and consume branded art by means of branded funds and trust accounts.  […]

Parviz Tanavoli. Heech in a Cage. ca. 1970. Courtesy of the Grey Art Gallery.

A heavy bronze sculpture rested on my windowsill, perched over Washington Square Park for about ten years. “Heech in a Cage” by Iranian artist Parviz Tanavoli (b. 1937) was on loan to NYU’ s Department of Art History from the Grey Art Gallery, two academic departments that benefited from Abby Weed Grey’s generosity and artistic […]

Harumi Nakashima's Struggling Form. Courtesy of MAD.

When the American Craft Museum changed its name to the Museum of Arts and Design (MAD) in 2002, it was much criticized mainly because it was not clear what the board of trustees had envisioned as its future. The uneasiness of not knowing what curatorial direction the institution would take added to the frustration of […]

High Heels by Yayoi Kusama

One of the most fascinating personalities of 20th century art, Yayoi Kusama (b. 1929), was feted with a retrospective of her work at Le Centre Pompidou, Paris from October 10, 2011 to January 9, 2012. The chronological exhibit of about 150 of Kusama’s works will travel to the Reina Sofia in Madrid, the Tate in […]

Courtesy of the Asia Society

The enduring sense of awe that certain luxury items induce on their viewers over time, and in different cultures throughout the world, is what distinguishes them from items that fall in and out of favor depending on historical or social circumstances. But shouldn’t true luxury be enduring? The Asia Society’s exhibit, “Longing for Luxury: Chinese […]