Indian paintings are usually admired as individual works of art, framed and hung on museum walls, but viewing them this way reveals only part of their story. Most of these paintings come from books and were intended to accompany a text. Drawing from the San Diego Museum of Art’s renowned Edwin Binney 3rd Collection, this exhibition will introduce viewers to the world of South Asian paintings from the sixteenth through the nineteenth century through the classics of literature that they illustrate.
Revealing Pictures features more than thirty photographs from the collection of Christopher E. Olofson, Class of 1992. Works on view by Edmund Clark, Daniel and Geo Fuchs, Pieter Hugo, Liu Zheng, Zanele Muholi, Robert Polidori, and others serve as striking examples of photography’s ability to explore issues of identity, place, and nationhood. Muholi began making a series of portraits as a form of visual activism in response to crimes against gays and women in her native South Africa.
The Berlin Painter was the name given by Sir John Davidson Beazley (1885–1970) to an otherwise anonymous Athenian vase-painter, active in the first quarter of the fifth century B.C., whose hand he recognized in nearly 300 complete and fragmentary vases in public and private collections around the world. Since Beazley’s first published identification of the Berlin Painter in 1911, the oeuvre of this still-anonymous Athenian draughtsman has grown to some 330 works, and esteem for his elegant, approachable style has never lessened.