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Meher McArthur

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Meher McArthur is an independent Asian art historian and is Academic Curator at Scripps College, Claremont. Previously she was Curator of East Asian Art at Pacific Asia Museum (now USC PAM) and now curates exhibitions for Southern California galleries, En Gallery at the Storrier Stearns Japanese Garden in Pasadena, and for the traveling exhibition company International Arts & Artists (IA&A), including Above the Fold: New Expressions in Origami (2015-2019) and her upcoming exhibition, Washi Transformed: New Expressions in Japanese Paper (from 2021). She is developing YOKAI: Spirits, Specters and the Supernatural in Japanese Woodblock Prints for Scripps College (2022). 

Meher writes regularly for Buddhistdoor.net and contributes to KCET Artbound, Artillery and Orientations magazines. Her major publications include Gods and Goblins: Folk Paintings from Otsu (PAM, 1999), Reading Buddhist Art (Thames & Hudson, 2002) and The Arts of Asia (Thames & Hudson, 2005), Confucius (Pegasus Books, 2011), Folding Paper: The Infinite Possibilities of Origami (IA&A, 2012), New Expressions in Origami Art (Tuttle, 2017), and An ABC of What Art Can Be (The Getty Museum, 2010). 
 

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Dave Lefner carving details out of design on linoleum; Photograph by Prakash Shroff | Courtesy of the artist
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The Optimistic Edge: The Reduction Linocuts of Dave Lefner

Dave Lefner's linocuts are iconic representations of the great energy and optimism associated with the nation's golden age of traveling and exploration.
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Preserving Cultures: The Getty's Global Conservation Work

The Getty undertakes a wide range of conservation projects around the world at important historic and cultural sites, helping to preserve the artistic heritage of diverse cultures.
"Ridged Helmet with Large Rivets," Japan, mid-Edo period, c.1730; iron, gold, silver, bronze, shakudo and leather; Photograph by Brad Flowers; Copyright The Ann & Gabriel Barbier-Mueller Museum, Dallas
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Beauty in Battle: The Refined Artistry of Samurai Armor

A new exhibition at LACMA spotlights Samurai and their battle gear.
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Where Color Meets Spirit: The Paintings of Vera Arutyunyan

As Armenian-born Vera Arutyunyan struggled to adapt to her new home in the Los Angeles, she turned to painting to express her innermost emotions.
Teaching Artist Leah Padow's visual arts class at Playa del Rey Elementary; Photo generously taken by Alex de Cordoba | Courtesy of P.S. Arts
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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.
"DOB in the Strange Forest (Blue DOB)," 1999 by Takashi Murakami, fiber-reinforced plastic, resin, fiberglass, acrylic and iron, 60  x 152  x 137 in. (152.4  x 386.08  x 347.98 cm); Courtesy of the The Broad Art Foundation. Image ©Murakami
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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