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
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.
Trang T. Lê's Unraveling Emotional Threads
Trang T. Lê's Unraveling Emotional Threads
Artist, Trang T. Lê paints her way through her pain, using a meticulous, repetitive approach to heal her wounds.
Infinite Maybes: The Liminal Spaces of Hirokazu Kosaka
Infinite Maybes: The Liminal Spaces of Hirokazu Kosaka
L.A.-based Japanese artist, Hirokazu Kosaka explores the concept of in-between spaces in his transformative pieces.
Ted Tokio Tanaka: Meeting Architectural Challenges with a Global Vision
Ted Tokio Tanaka: Meeting Architectural Challenges with a Global Vision
Architect Ted Tanaka has built an elegant legacy in concrete, steel, and glass that has greatly enriched Los Angeles, Japan, and beyond.
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.
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Architecture/ Design

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

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Multi-Disciplinary

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Visual Arts

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


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