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Author:jc
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Thu, Jun 27th, 2013 10:53:42 AM
Topic: Beautiful but lacks soul:sotheby 33million

If anyone in RugDumb questions how the western world’s major museums view the oriental carpet let RK put to rest belief the directors and curators of said museum’s “important” departments revere and respect a tradition that has inspired numerous great artists and their work for centuries.

Thinking this is not the truth is nothing but wishful thinking to the max; proof of which now includes Washington D.C.’s Corcoran Art Gallery’s decision to sell, aka deaccession in museum world parlance, a group of carpets donated by its most esteemed benefactor William A Clark, former Senator from Montana.

Clarke bequeathed the group on his death in 1925, among which is the famous “sickle-leaf” carpet – the star lot in the forthcoming sotheby New York sale.

The Corcorcan’s decision to sell the rug, according to Philip Brookman chief curator and head of research at the Corcoran, “…will keep alive Sen. Clark’s generous legacy by enabling us to grow our core collections and make dynamic acquisition choices.”

This might sound good to the stiffs on the Corcoran’s board of directors but to anyone else not inebriated with the apparent kool-aid Brookman, the museum’s director and the board have drunk it reeks of idiocy and stupidity almost beyond comprehension.

The 24 other “lesser” carpets in the group, which will be sold at the sotheby sale, might raise a couple of million dollars and added to the 5-7 million the sickle-leaf will probably bring make a total of max 10 million.

Now then race fans what kind of dynamic acquisitions in the painting or sculpture fields will that allow a museum like the Corcoran to make?

Should you be in doubt let RK inform you hardly any, as these fields are hot as supernova and 10 million is nothing but chump-change.

But the message selling the carpet’s shouts is even more loud and clear: There is little to no respect for antique historic carpets and weavings in the museum world.

And quite honestly RK doubts there ever will be thanks to the twits, thieves and morons, like dennis dodds michael franses, etc, who are the acknowledged, and highly challenged in RK’s opinion, “leaders” of rugDUMB.

So Clark’s prized the sickle-leaf carpet will leave America destined we are sure for the Persian Gulf region, where it will hopefully be more appreciated.

The Corcoran decision is foolish, and just like the Myer’s Textile Museum debacle and destruction at the hands of another fool, big mouth bruce baganz, sends a poignant message and reminder that for the past four or five decades oriental rug studies have completely failed to do anything but hasten the demise of appreciation for woven arts in the western world.

By the way, RK will not be surprised to see the sickle-leaf carpet sell for more than 10 million, and in fact we will be willing to bet at long odds it might even reach 15 million.

Remember 10 or 15 million dollars is chump-change in the art world and such a carpet is in most people’s eyes “great art”.

Is it in RK’s?

Don’t start us down that road. All we will say is it’s a “pretty carpet” that we find without soul and, worse, incredibly highly predictable.

It lacks mystery, and while we recently told someone it was a fragment we now realize our error in making such a statement.

That said it has always appeared to us to be a fragment. It’s design probably taken from a cartoon for a much larger weaving, where its perfectly obvious symmetry might have been balanced and played off by a surrounding floral panoply that would have enabled the design to achieve greater punch, power and, yes, some mystery.

Remember, race fans, “pretty” in the art world is easily created – mystery far, far harder to achieve.

And on that note we will leave the sickle-leaf carpet to those with big wallets who never fail to show they have no clue as to what carpet and textile mystery appreciating and making is, and was, all about.

Author: Barry OConnell Thu, Jun 27th, 2013 10:53:42 AM

I suspect that a big part of it is that Classical Court rugs are easier to deal with. By structure and artistic quality we can date and place rugs with a great deal of accuracy. Village rugs take far more work and knowledge then most have.

Author: jc
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Fri, Apr 26th, 2013 12:15:07 AM

RK has heard Walter Denny will soon be giving a lecture in Los Angeles on the topic: " Carpets, Textiles and Islamic Art: New Museum Practice in the 21st Century".

The press release states: "His illustrated lecture will include the planning and implementation of the new galleries at Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and will concentrate on the enhanced displays of carpets and textiles.

Prof. Denny will also discuss the role of textiles and carpets in other new or renovated Islamic art departments and museums, including the Museum of Islamic Art in Doha, Qatar, the Louvre in Paris, the Detroit Institute of Arts, the David Collection in Copenhagen, and the forthcoming Aga Khan Museum in Toronto."

Considering the reality few museums other than those mentioned care about or do anything with the oriental rugs and related weavings in their collections, Denny's lecture is nothing but window-dressing and papering over the issue.

Fact remains all the museums mentioned in the press release only exhibit "classical rugs" and totally ignore any village or clan weavings.

So not only is there, in fact, little interest in oriental rugs in the museum world, what interest there is shows up only for "classical rugs".

Denny is an old friend of RK's and while we value our friendship with him and respect his academic accomplishments we totally disagree with his continued championing of the "classical carpet" and his inability to demonstrate anything but lip service for rugs and weavings made in far less opulent and royal environments.

Denny, like every other so-called rug 'scholar', really has nothing to say about village and clan rugs and his, and their, failure to roll up the sleeves and do some hard research work is one of the main reasons for the sorrowful state the oriental rug has in the museum world.

RK is quite frankly bored to tears with those like Denny who patronize village and clan weavings at the expense of classical carpets.

Should Denny or anyone else take umbrage with what RK writes please then tell RK why at museums like the Met, Louvre, Doha, etc there are NO non-classical rugs on view in their newly renovated galleries?

The situation is clear and exactly as RK describes it -- and that, race fans, is why interest in oriental rugs is, and has been for decades, sliding down a slippery slope of indifference, disinterest and neglect.

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