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Deft Hands, Discerning Eyes: Chinese and Korean Ceramics from the Harry B. and Bessie K. Braude Memorial Collection
At the Art Institute of Chicago. Through June 7, 2009 - extended through January 10, 2010.

Deft Hands, Discerning Eyes features more than 100 small works of Chinese and Korean ceramics from the 7th to the 9th centuries. Pause, and look deeply to absorb works that include sage-green celadon wares, small translucent whiteware vessels of finest porcelain, and the dark, earthy tones of lead-glazed tea bowls. This is not the bombast of blockbuster, big names, famed paintings; in fact quite the opposite. Their allure can be easy to overlook due to their very quietness. But pause, and be observant. Once you do, these tranquil pieces will yield their treasure. A full-color handout in the gallery is an excellent accompaniment. At The Art Institute of Chicago through January 10, 2010.

Image: Oil Bottle with Flowering Lotus Stems, Koryo dynasty (918-1392), 12th century. Korea. Dorothy Braude Edinburg 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.

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