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The Artful Traveler: Asian Art in London by Bobbie Leigh

2anobleman Although New York City has its own blockbuster Asian art week in the spring, many experts insist that London is the premier Asian art city. Head for Asian Art in London this fall (November 1-10) and you will probably agree. While the most A-list aspect of New York’s Asia Week is the excellent International Asian Art Fair (March 28-31 at the Park Avenue Armory), the London week is chock full of enticements. All the major auction houses — Bonhams, Christie’s, Sotheby’s — join with leading galleries in a whirlwind of exhibitions, seminars, auctions, and lectures. More than 50 dealers showcase special gallery shows while various museum groups and cultural centers host special events. (For details: asianartinlondon.com)

Along with this year’s tenth Asian Art week in London, is Islamic Week (beginning October 23), a rare opportunity to see some amazing Indian Art. Francesca Galloway is a London dealer specializing in European and Asian textiles and Islamic and Indian works of art. This fall, her new Islamic week show is "Shringar," a term used to describe erotic love but also the costumes and ornaments that Lord Krishna wears for special festivals. You won’t have to crank up to PhD level to appreciate this work, especially those delicately painted on textiles.

The exhibition will also include esoteric images associated with other emotions, in this case the unbridled heroism displayed by warriors engaged in battle — like the depictions of ethereal love, the heroic ones are easy to associate with our times. (see above)

Shringar: An Exhibition Celebrating Divine and Erotic Love in Indian Art will be at the Francesca Galloway Gallery, 31 Dover Street, London, October 23-November 23.

And just as a reminder, the glam Winter Fine Art & Antiques Fair at Olympia featuring 240 top English and international dealers will be at the Olympia Exhibition Halls on Hammersmith Road from November 12-November 18.

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