At the peak of their power, from the mid-16th century through 1857, the Mughals ruled over some 100 million subjects — five times the number ruled by their only rivals, the Ottomans. From the ramparts of the Delhi Red Fort, the seat of power, the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan — who commissioned the Taj Mahal — controlled almost all of India, what is now Pakistan and Bangladesh, and much of Afghanistan.
For their impoverished contemporaries in the west, the Mughals became symbols of luxury and might — attributes with which the word “mogul” is still loaded. This exhibition, atAsia Society Museum, the first ever to focus on the art of the later Mughals, aims to showcase the neglected masterpieces of this period and to provide a taste of the extraordinary strength, color, and vivacity of the work produced in the Mughal capital at this time.
Sonia Delaunay was born to a poor Ukrainian family in 1885, survived two World Wars, and died wealthy in Paris in 1979. In between, she co-founded the French avant-garde movement Orphism with her husband, the painter Robert Delaunay, claimed the first retrospective for a living female artist at the Louvre, and conceived -- as a practical side venture -- a brand that helped define the style of sophisticated authors (Nancy Cunard), international performers (Diaghilev’s Madrid dancers) and, indeed, much of 20th-century cosmopolitan culture.
Sonia described her textiles as mere “exercises in color” that informed her true passion, painting. But her work in fashion and the applied arts, via her Maison Delaunay design atelier, may well be her broader legacy. Such is the argument of “Color Moves: Art and Fashion by Sonia Delaunay,” an exhibition co-curated by Matilda McQuaid and Susan Brown at the Cooper-Hewitt, where it is on view this spring. Presenting a lush collection of some 250 screen-printed, hand-sewn and embroidered patterns, the show contextualizes Sonia-the-Designer with a handful of photographs, drawings and ephemera that illustrate the trajectory of her creative beginnings.
Google aims to bring the world's great art galleries into the home with a new website that offers virtual tours using Street View technology, the ability to build private collections and ultra-high resolution images.
While most big galleries have been busy making their works accessible online for years, experts told a launch at London's Tate Britain gallery on Tuesday that Google's site was looking to take the online art experience to a new level.
"It could be the game changer," said Julian Raby of the Freer Gallery of Art, part of the Smithsonian in Washington DC, which is one of 17 galleries taking part in the project.
Nelson Mattos, VP Engineering at Google, said the Art Project site would allow children from Latin America, India and Africa, who were unlikely to see the originals, to come close to the experience on the internet.
"This really represents a major step forward in the way people are going to interact with these beautiful treasures of art around the world," he said, adding that Google planned to expand the site over the coming years.
Mattos and art curators at the launch said they were confident that no matter how advanced the technology, the new site would never replace visiting the museums.
"We obviously don't believe this technology is going to prevent people from coming to the museums," he added. "We hope that the opposite will happen."
The Morris Museum opened a new exhibition, Antonio Petruccelli: An Unsung American Illustrator. Antonio Petruccelli (1907-1994) was a prolific, innovative 20th century illustrator. The exhibition features over 65 works, including covers and illustrations for Fortune, The New Yorker, Life and other magazines, as well as paintings, maps, and textile designs. All of the works in the exhibition are drawn from the Petruccelli Family Collection. Antonio Petruccelli: An Unsung American Illustrator is on view through March 20, 2011.
Antonio Petruccelli was born in Fort Lee, NJ. in 1907 and was a longtime resident and active member of the Mount Tabor, NJ community, from 1938 until his death in 1994.
Petruccelli developed his artistic talent at an early age and began his career as a textile designer. After winning several House Beautiful cover illustration contests, he became a freelance artist in 1932. Petruccelli was a successful illustrator, whose work appeared on the covers of magazines including Fortune, The New Yorker, Collier’s, Today and House Beautiful.
Antonio Petruccelli worked extensively with Fortune Magazine, which led to other magazine commissions. The Art Director for Fortune Magazine, Francis Brennan, said of Petruccelli, “Tony was Mr. Versatility for Fortune. He could do anything, from charts and diagrams to maps illustrations, covers and caricatures.” He created 24 covers for Fortune magazine, more than any other artist, from 1933 to 1945.
Taking inspiration from the Art Deco and the Futurism movements, Petruccelli’s magazine covers and illustrations provide social commentary through the depiction of various aspects of American life, reflecting the social, economic and political atmosphere over several decades.
Stardust floor pillow Glow-in-the-dark-green Mario Bellini
designer: Mario Bellini
design year: 2007
manufacturer: Meritalia, Italy
materials: loose carbon thread mesh upholstery; air-filled plastic pocket fill; with interior LED lights
notes: Stardust is a new series of light padded pillows and sofas that use LED lights with a low power consumption/low voltage and high performance included within the individual pieces.
The internal lighting of the Stardust turns them into a source of soft light. Bellini uses material similar to that used for package padding, a metallic mesh of thin steel wires for structure, and a transparent coating to create this ultra light weight collection that you can also take out by the pool or patio.