Visual Profile | El Anatsui: 2.10.11

During a recent visit to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, I was meandering through the African Art collection, which is one of my all-time favorite regular exhibits at the museum, when this incredible burst of color, texture, scale and reflectiveness caught my eye....

Visual Profile | Shigeru Akizuki: 1.28.11

A Japanese Daruma doll in wood with drawers, by Shigeru Akizuki Variations on boxes within boxes, by Shigeru Akizuki Wooden container for wood samples, by Shigeru Akizuki Folding box with traditional Daruma dolls inside, in three stages, by Shigeru Akizuki Four...

Visual Profile | Jim Thompson: 1.12.11

Sometimes it’s the spontaneous activities that turn out to be the most enjoyable and memorable. That was definitely the case when I visited the Jim Thompson House, a serene tropical oasis of architecture, art and intrigue tucked neatly inside a steamy hot and...

Visual Profile | Piero Fornasetti: 12.21.10

The first time I saw Piero Fornasetti’s decorative arts designs I stopped dead in my tracks. Here were these whimsical illustrated faces with big round eyes staring at me from a shop window. What was I to do but stare right back! There is something absolutely...