Meher McArthur
Meher McArthur

Originally from the UK, Meher McArthur is a freelance Asian art historian, author and educator based in Los Angeles. Her current exhibition Folding Paper: The Infinite Possibilities of Origami is touring the US until the end of 2016. She worked for many years as Curator of East Asian Art at Pacific Asia Museum in Pasadena, and has collaborated with several Southern California museums and advised for the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. Her books include Reading Buddhist Art: An Illustrated Guide to Buddhist Signs and Symbols (Thames & Hudson, 2002), The Arts of Asia: Materials, Techniques, Styles (Thames & Hudson, 2005), Confucius: A Throneless King (Pegasus Books, 2011), and An ABC of What Art Can Be (The Getty Museum, 2010) for kids. She has also written for The V&A Magazine, The Royal Academy Magazine and Fabrik.

Recent Articles
Filling the Gap in Public School Arts Education
Filling the Gap in Public School Arts Education
For underserved communities in SoCal, an increasing number of non-profit organizations provide much-needed arts education for public-school children.
Takashi Murakami Meets Pico Iyer at the Gateless Gate
Takashi Murakami Meets Pico Iyer at the Gateless Gate
Japanese artist Takashi Murakami's paintings blend together high and popular culture, East and West, and art and business.
Shattering Expectations: The Glasswork of Alex Trimm
Shattering Expectations: The Glasswork of Alex Trimm
San Diego artist Alex Trimm's installation "Shatter" challenges traditional standards of beauty and highlight the dangers of pursuing unattainable standards.
Collaging Cultural Identity in the Fabric Art of Sumi Foley
Collaging Cultural Identity in the Fabric Art of Sumi Foley
Sumi Foley's textile mosaics and delicate collages speak of a reconstructed connection to her homeland, her grandmother, and traditions of Japanese beauty and femininity.
Expressions of Energy in the Paintings of Xi Hou
Expressions of Energy in the Paintings of Xi Hou
Monterey Park-based artist Xi Hou's latest paintings focus on philosophical explorations of energy and change, tranquility, and dynamism.
Kamol Tassananchalee: Thailand's Emissary of Art
Kamol Tassananchalee: Thailand's Emissary of Art
Artist Kamol Tassananchalee shares the Thai artistic spirit overseas and encourages fellow Thai artists and his students to draw inspiration from their own roots and overseas.
The Mystical Mindscapes of Hung Viet Nguyen
The Mystical Mindscapes of Hung Viet Nguyen
Hung Viet Nguyen transitioned from a career as a biologist to one as an artist. He has maintained a keen interest in the way living creatures live, procreate, interact and die.
Natasha Shoro's Spiritual Homecoming Paintings
Natasha Shoro's Spiritual Homecoming Paintings
Pakistani-American Natasha Shoro's new series "The Essence of Being" demonstrates her desire to explore the essence of who she is as a woman, an artist, and a spiritual being.
David B. Jang and Reconstituting the Commonplace
David B. Jang and Reconstituting the Commonplace
For Korean-born David B. Jang, the re-appropriation and reconstitution of everyday objects and industrial cast-offs is at the core of his artistic endeavors.
Triumphs Over Trauma: The Scar Prints of Ted Meyer
Triumphs Over Trauma: The Scar Prints of Ted Meyer
Ted Meyer's "Scarred for Life" series takes mono-prints directly off the skin of models who were scarred by an illness or injury.
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