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The New Alsdorf Galleries of Indian, Southeast Asian, Himalayan, and Islamic Art
At The Art Institute of Chicago. Ongoing.

This newly-opened, complete redesign of the long hallway which traverses the Art Institute from east to west has created a premium exhibition space for the museum's collection of Asian arts. The expansive hall hosts far more works than previously on view, while placement and lighting enhance the sculptural qualities and encourage close viewing and appreciation. Devotional works, primarily Buddhist religious sculpture, predominate in the new light and airy space; works may be enjoyed individually, or as groupings of artistic and regional styles. Among other things, placing works by area of origin encourages comparison of differing treatments. Well done, all the way around. At the Art Insitute of Chicago, ongoing. Free with museum admission.

Image: God Indra, 16th century. Kathmandu Valley; Nepal. The James W. and Marilynn Alsdorf Collection.

--Katherine R. Lieber

Katherine R. Lieber has edited ArtScope.net's Visual Arts reviews since 1998. Ms. Lieber is Editor and Associate Producer for ArtScope.net.

Editorial Note: A Collecting Odyssey: The Alsdorf Collection of Indian and East Asian Art (Thames & Hudson: Nov 1997) and other books related to www.artscope.net reviews may be purchased through ArtScope.net's Amazon.com link or by clicking on the link above.

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