[Click to enlarge. Cockwise from the top left: Rodarte's 2011 "carved" wood heels with blue-and-white Ming-patterned upper; Rodarte's Ming dress, also 2011, silk with ribbon embroidery and printed hammered chiffon; Van Eijk & Van der Lubbe, New Dutch Blue, 2003. Porcelain with transfers. MFA, Boston.]
[Two Chinese lidded vases, Kangxi period (1662-1722), acquired by Elizabeth Duchess of Somerset in the late 17th century. They stand in front of a Chinese lacquer screen that dates from the same period but was acquired for Petworth in 1882 in the Hamilton Palace sale. ©National Trust Images/Christopher Hurst.]
With recent pieces by Rodarte, Van Eijk & Van der Lubbe, and other contemporary designers and artists, next year the MFA Boston will highlight works that, in one form or another, are continuing the millennium-old global phenomenon of using blue-and-white. The exhibition, simply titled New Blue and White, caught my attention because just last week the National Trust's Emile de Bruijn posted about 17th-century women and their blue-and-white porcelain collections. In the MFA's show, expect to see ceramics but also furniture, glass and textiles. This exhibition opens February 20, 2013.
[Images (C) MFA, Boston.]
Beginning next week, each day from December 26 to December 31, the Boston museum is offering kids and their families plenty of free activities, including jewelry-making, coin design, pet-related arts and New Year's postcard design.
[Image (c) High Museum of Art.]