Interior Fusion – The Influence of Asian Art on Western Interior Design

Friday, December 16, 2016

A new movement has surfaced in the interior design world; eclecticism. This style combines the fashions and designs of multiple periods, from ancient to contemporary and East to West. Eclecticism aims to create a whole that is greater than the sum of its parts, which echoes certain concepts behind an ancient Chinese philosophy called Feng Shui. Feng Shui is a Chinese philosophical system designed to create harmony between the individual and their environment....

The Power of Belief – Altars and Altar Objects

Friday, December 09, 2016

This post describes the purpose of the Altar, and it's use by humans to as a sacred space where the living world can touch the divine....

Buddha Room Paintings – The 12 Stages of Buddha’s Life

Friday, November 25, 2016

This blog explains paintings illustrating the 12 stages of Buddha’s Life, also known as the 12 Deeds, as seen only in the Buddha Room at Primitive, Chicago....

Ancient Animals – Symbolism of Chinese Mythological Creatures

Friday, November 18, 2016

This blog deals with the symbolism of ancient Chinese mythological creatures as they have been illustrated in a multitude of Chinese arts....

Molten Magic – A Brief History of Glass

Friday, November 11, 2016

In the year 14 BCE a young Phoenician named Pelles celebrated his 19th birthday just like he spent most days – working in his father’s glass studio on the outskirts of Sidon. Yet, something was amiss. He failed to notice the loud arguing voices in the distance, until he was grabbed from behind and dragged outside....

Painting upon the Floor – Chinese Baotou Rugs

Friday, November 04, 2016

What comes to mind when you think of traditional Chinese art? Is it porcelain, calligraphy, scholar's rocks or jade carvings? A category of artwork all too often overlooked is Chinese rugs. Surprisingly, there has been little historical documentation of wool weaving traditions in China. Despite the international trade that flourished for centuries, rugs and carpets were rarely exported. Though frequently lumped into the broader category of 'oriental rugs,' textiles woven in China were created mainly for internal consumption....

Behind the Scenes – The Making of Japanese Calligraphy

Friday, October 28, 2016

Considering the history of written languages throughout the world, Japan was fairly late in the game compared to other cultures. Cuneiform writing was established over 5,000 years ago by the Sumerians between 3,500-3,000 BCE while Egyptian hieroglyphics date back to 3,300 BCE. China’s logo-graphic writing system emerged on oracle bones around 1,200 BCE. The Greek alphabet was in use from around 800 BCE with the Roman alphabet following a century later....

Fascination with Death – Skull Symbolism

Friday, October 21, 2016

What happens when we draw our final breath? Nobody knows the answer – except the dead. Yet death has fascinated the living for thousands of years. Burials were one of the earliest human rituals, indicating reverence toward the dead and whatever lay beyond....

The Chicken or the Egg – Giacometti and Dogon Art

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Globalization. This term entailing free trade, cultural integration, vanishing borders and accessible communication throughout the world is surprisingly modern. It was coined in 1983 by Theodore Levitt, a marketing professor at the Harvard Business School....

Filled to the Brim – African Figurative Ceramic Vessels

Friday, October 07, 2016

Ceramic works from Africa can be loosely divided into two categories: terra cotta figurative art and earthenware vessels. In opposition to figurative art, ceramic vessels can be broken down into two sub-categories: utilitarian and ceremonial...

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