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
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.
Stripping off the Mask: Jane Park Wells and the Ascent of Korean Women
Stripping off the Mask: Jane Park Wells and the Ascent of Korean Women
Pasadena-based artist Jane Park Wells explores the recent evolution of the social and political role of Korean women.
Serpentine 2013: L.A. Artists Celebrate the Year of the Snake
Serpentine 2013: L.A. Artists Celebrate the Year of the Snake
2013 is the Chinese Year of the Snake, and a number of local artists are celebrating this much maligned creature in their work.
Chinese Brushstrokes in Hollywood: The Works of Tyrus Wong
Chinese Brushstrokes in Hollywood: The Works of Tyrus Wong
At 102 years old, Tyrus Wong's prolific career as a motion picture illustrator is being recognized in an upcoming documentary film.
Virtual Buddhist Art Apprenticeships: Leslie Rinchen-Wongmo's Online Ancient Tibetan Spiritual Art Form
Virtual Buddhist Art Apprenticeships: Leslie Rinchen-Wongmo's Online Ancient Tibetan Spiritual Art Form
An established artist in ancient Buddhist textile art, Leslie Rinchen-Wongmo instructs students all around the world using such modern tools as pdf files, web cams and teleconferencing via Skype.
Of Rabbits and Ronin: The Charismatic Characters of Stan Sakai's Comic Books
Of Rabbits and Ronin: The Charismatic Characters of Stan Sakai's Comic Books
Japanese American artist and writer, Stan Sakai draws on the multi-cultural artistic nexus that is Los Angeles, creating characters, settings and imagery that are Japanese, but whose lettering and narrative style originate mostly in the West.
The Dancing Brush: The Calligraphic Abstractions of Seyburn Zorthian
The Dancing Brush: The Calligraphic Abstractions of Seyburn Zorthian
Seyburn Zorthian draws inspiration from Japanese Culture to create calligraphic abstractions that are dynamic visualizations of the energy created when cultures collide.
Urban Impressions: Barbara A. Thomason's 100 Not-So-Famous L.A. Views
Urban Impressions: Barbara A. Thomason's 100 Not-So-Famous L.A. Views
Barbara A. Thomason spent five years depicting the freeways, rivers, restaurants, street signs, buildings, neighborhoods and landscapes that are familiar and dear to the people who call L.A. home.
Wisdom and Whimsy in the Ceramic Art of Julie Bagish
Wisdom and Whimsy in the Ceramic Art of Julie Bagish
Julie Bagish creates rustic tea bowls and other earth-toned vessels of Japanese inspiration that overflow with a sense of playfulness.
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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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