- Last Updated on Friday, 30 December 2011 23:42
Eastern Art Report welcomes letters, which can be faxed or e-mailed.
Here is a selection from the print edition:
Japanese & Others
Oliver Impey says (Artspeak, Vol III No 2) that the Japanese don't take foreigners seriously. Do any of us take foreigners seriously? Remember the furore over the Kingdom by the Sea, the less than deferential account of travel across Britain by American Paul Theroux? If only the Japanese would stop bottling everything up and tell us what they think of what we think of them. Pity that they don't burn embassies, or flags.
Julia Agnelli, London (from EAR Vol III No 5)
EAR Editorial Board
Congratulations on your new editorial advisory board. Susan and John Huntington are recognised authorities on Buddhist art and I have come to know the work, opinions and observations of Robert Skelton through your pages. I am sure Layla Diba is an expert in her own right, and I hope the appointment of these illustrious personalities to your board will add to the quality of content of the magazine.
Charles P Wilson, Tokyo (from EAR Vol III No 5)
The Editor adds: The members of the EAR editorial advisory board are not appointees. They have joined us in wholly honorary positions and since accepting the membership of the board they have helped the magazine in all sorts of useful ways. The complex theoretical overhaul spearheaded by Susan Huntington in the field of Buddhist aniconism is a subject we dealt with (Vol III No 4) and we hope to hear more of it in the coming years. An interview with John Huntington has taken place and will be published shortly. Layla Diba, an internationally recognised expert on Islamic, and particularly Persian, art has also been interviewed (Vol II 8/9), as has Robert Skelton (Vol. II No 2). He has recently founded an Indian Art Circle, to which EAR subscribers are invited. The board is soon to be expanded with the addition of one or two international authorities on Oriental, particularly Chinese and Japanese, art. Meanwhile, suggestions/nominations are welcome.
Fate of Samarkand
All the recent projections about the revitalisation of Samarkand now sound overoptimistic. Central Asia is in great turmoil and the crisis illustrated by the example of Samarkand is widespread and common to many other cities in the region. How can the project in Samarkand seriously be pursued in the present uncertainty about the future of that region? Was the money so far spent on the planning stage of the revitalisation programme well spent? Perhaps the remainder of funds should be diverted to urgent programmes for the poor of Central Asia.
I M Khan, San Diego, Ca. (from EAR Vol III No 5)
Write to the Editor
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