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
Where Spontaneity Meets Sanity: The Ethereal Watercolors of Mary Wright
Where Spontaneity Meets Sanity: The Ethereal Watercolors of Mary Wright
Artist and environmentalist Mary Wright's mixed-media watercolor paintings are inspired in part by the spontaneity and spirituality of Japanese sumi-e, or ink painting.
Floral Fusion: The Ikebana Sculptures of Shizuko Greenblatt
Floral Fusion: The Ikebana Sculptures of Shizuko Greenblatt
L.A.-based artist Shizuko Greenblatt creates sculptural works informed by the flower arranging tradition of her native Japan.
Contemplating Home in the Paintings of Lan-Chiann Wu
Contemplating Home in the Paintings of Lan-Chiann Wu
Lan-Chiann Wu's paintings are a unique cross pollination of traditional Chinese ink painting and Western artistic styles and techniques.
Common Fragility: Vincent Tomczyk's Paper Chairs
Common Fragility: Vincent Tomczyk's Paper Chairs
Crafted meticulously from paper and mixed media, Tomczyk's chair sculptures tease the mind.
Documenting Exodus: Hit Man Gurung and Nepal's Departing Youth
Documenting Exodus: Hit Man Gurung and Nepal's Departing Youth
Nepalese artist Hit Man Gurung's residency at 18th Street Arts Center offers a unique perspective on the devastating effects of war and globalization on this Himalayan nation.
Japan's Photographers Reflect the Realities of a Changing World
Japan's Photographers Reflect the Realities of a Changing World
The works of three Japanese photographers, two in Japan and one here in Los Angeles, reflect the many changing realities of the Japanese experience on both sides of the Pacific during the mid-20th century.
The Architecture of Enlightenment: Pema Namdol Thaye
The Architecture of Enlightenment: Pema Namdol Thaye
Here in Southern California, Tibetan artist Pema Namdol Thaye is translating a two-dimensional image of a mandala into a three-dimensional temple building to be built in Sikkim, India.
Fleeing the Rose Garden: Marjan K. Vayghan Creates Safe Spaces in Los Angeles
Fleeing the Rose Garden: Marjan K. Vayghan Creates Safe Spaces in Los Angeles
Marjan K. Vayghan's "Legacy Crates," a series of transformed art shipping crates, symbolizes her journey from Iran, the land of her ancestry, and her transcultural life and identity in the U.S.
The Getty Looks East: A New Exhibition Connects Rubens and Korea Here in Los Angeles
The Getty Looks East: A New Exhibition Connects Rubens and Korea Here in Los Angeles
The exhibition presents an intricate study of a Europeans artist's curiosity about Asia and is the culmination of years of artistic and intellectual exchange between the U.S. and Korea.
Defying Definition: The Multi-Dimensional Art of HK Zamani
Defying Definition: The Multi-Dimensional Art of HK Zamani
Over the last two decades, Iranian-American artist and curator HK Zamani has challenged the L.A. art world and beyond to reconsider how it creates, views, and values art.
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Architecture/ Design

California becomes an international export by redefining the concept of city and home.

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Community Arts

Through workshops, education and placed based projects, art is the connective tissue of a community.

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Cultural Politics

Funding bubbles, cultural deserts and the politics of access to the arts in the 21st century.

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Film & Media Arts

At the shadow of the entertainment industry, video artists and underground filmmakers take a stand.

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Literature

Noir, sunshine and dystopia create a multi-ethnic narrative that is read, watched and admired around the globe.

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Multi-Disciplinary

Multi-hyphenate works that combine disciplines, remix dogmas, and reinvent the wheel.

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Music

A dialogue between cultures, the music of our state serves up the California dream like no other artform.

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Performance

Staging the drama of California through dance, music and theater.

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Visual Arts

Breaking away from the European and New York vanguard, California reinvents the art world.


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