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Firebrands

by Koan Jeff "KJ" Baysa M.D.
Hanging Fire, the idiom used to suggest a critical delay, is the first museum show in America at the Asia Society in New York of contemporary art from Pakistan. The country, created by partition in 1947, constitutes the second largest Muslim population in the world. Subject to ongoing and complex forces that result in quotidian tenuousness and violence, a critical mass of creative individuals, mainly in the theater and visual arts, is able to continue to produce. This exhibition, curated by the curator/writer, Salima Hashmi, includes 55 works by 15 artists. Her aims were to exhibit Paki... [more]
Posted by Koan Jeff "KJ" Baysa M.D. on 10/4/09
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A Look at Edo Japan

by Mark Salinas
The first of many noticeable pleasures in this exhibit may easily be overlooked upon entry, yet is a driving force in the context of the show. Notice the remarkable care and precision in the construction and color choice of this intimate gallery layout designed specifically for this exhibition. A wood framed cut-out window on several of the gallery walls serve as a picture portal for viewing hanging works in adjoining galleries if you align yourself properly. Through this labyrinth floor plan, one feels they are walking within the actual brush strokes of a Japanese character painted up... [more]
Posted by Mark Salinas on 3/20/08
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A Little Laughter Goes a Long Way by Charlie Schultz

by Charlie Schultz
This show might be likened to a complimentary appetizer at the best restaurant in town; you only get one bite, but afterwards you’ll be ready to empty your account on the entrée. A wonderful display of six large-scale watercolors executed in the last two years, this display gives a hint to what’s in store for the artist’s grand exhibition at the Queens Museum of Art (starting Sept 9th). Complimenting Yue Minjun’s watercolors are two unexpected gems from the artists Xu Bing and Zhang Xiaogang, a colossal Blood Series Diptych and a video installation involving Xu Bing’s innovative square word calligraphy.... [more]
Posted by Charlie Schultz on 7/26/07