[Top left: Hammered Indian chair at R & G Collective, photo courtesy Lisa Borgnes Giramonti; Lower right: Krishna and Radha, c. 1750, India, Rajasthan, Kishangarh, Opaque watercolor and gold on cotton, Philadelphia Museum of Art. Hand pendant with salamander motif, Khamsa 19th or 20th Century, Morocco, silver, bronze, Philadelphia Museum of Art.]
Lovers of all things Indian, North African, and Central Asian take note: some great events are happening on both coasts and across the pond.
At the Philadelphia Museum of Art, two tantalizing exhibitions are currently on view. Desert Jewels: North African Jewelry and Photography from the Xavier Guerrand-Hermes Collection looks not only at exquisite wedding necklaces, hair ornaments, bracelets, and earrings from Morocco, Egypt, Tunisia and other locals but also at the West's fascination with these pieces. When North African jewelry first came to the attention of Western collectors in the late 19th century, well-respected photographers including Scotsman George Washington Wilson, the Neurdein brothers from France, and the Turkish photographer Pascal Sebah—vis were on hand to document it. So, this show brings together both the pictures and the jewelry. On view through December 5, 2010.
Also on view: Monumental “Miniatures”: Large-scale Paintings from India. This exhibition explores grand scale versions of the intricate little Indian works most of us are more familiar with. Paintings included span the 15th through 21st centuries. Continues through April 2011.
[Image via Francesca Galloway.]
And speaking of Indian miniatures, works from the collection of film director James Ivory will be on view at Francesca Galloway from November 4 to December 17 at 31 Dover Street in London. For those of us unable to make the trip, a fully illustrated catalogue by J.P. Losty will be available for £30 (I'll let you do your own currency conversions).
Now, to more attainable goodies. In Los Angeles, art director and set designer Wendy Riva and Andrea Gibbin have teamed up to open R&G Collective, a temporary pop-up shop open for business Monday through Saturday at 11981 San Vicente Blvd. (only in October and November). Super-talented L.A.-based artist and tastemaker Lisa Borgnes Giramonti knows I wish I could be there, so she sent me a little virtual peek inside.
Color-infused R & G Collective offers furniture such as the beautiful hammered Indian chair shown at top, inlaid Moroccan tea tables, poufs from Damascus, global-chic pillows, and exotic-yet-timeless designs by Soledad Twombly (I need to do another post drawing comparisons between Twombly's wares and Colors of the Oasis!)
Adding icing to the cake (I didn't have time to Google a specific North African sweet), Nathan Turner and Eric Hughes are participating in the sale -- see Nathan pictured above? Savvy shoppers will notice pieces upholstered in Peter Dunham textiles as well as fine art by Lisa (shown high on the wall, to the left, above). Stay plugged-in to A Bloomsbury Life for many more details. R & G Collective: 310-729-7775.
Related past post: Lisa's Giving Style.