The show coincides with an election stirred by a rhetoric promoting nationalism, in the phrase of “America First”. Apolitical as it may seem, Talavera pottery states that cultural identities are sediments of innovation and development, through generations of both indigenous and foreign minds, all becoming possible when the world revolves into one global community. Sure, Chinese, Muslim, and Europeans all have left their marks on this pottery, so what? In the end, it is uniquely and truly Mexican.
If, according to a director of a New York art institution, the first thing that curators should study is the neighborhood’s demography, then a collection in San Antonio will seem out of place. If an emphasis on Latino culture, with a vast selection from pre-Columbia, Spanish Colonial to contemporary, matches the city’s dominant Hispanic population, […]
With the fast pace of broken auction records for Chinese antiques and the wallets of rich Chinese fattening even faster, the whole nation is looking back at its culture with unsurpassed passion. This is reflected in popular culture. China has its own antiques roadshow now, yet with a twist of entertaining more or less reflecting […]