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Thomas Murray is a private dealer of Asian and Tribal art with an emphasis on Indonesian sculpture and textiles. He also features Indian printed cloth from the 13th-18th Centuries, and early Buddhist and Hindu works from South and Southeast Asia. He is a Contributing Editor for HALI, the International Magazine of Carpets and Textiles with over 30 publications to his name, including one on Himalayan Masks now up on the Asian Arts site. Gallery on-line: January 16, 2001 Last update: April 06, 2017 (6 items) Eleanor Abraham Asian Art : New York, USA 6 item gallery Eleanor Abraham began to collect Asian antiquities when she embarked upon her first career in Southeast Asia. She has been a dealer for 25 years. Her specialty is sculpture of stone and bronze from the 4th to 18th century from India, the Himalayas, and Southeast Asia. Outstanding tribal jewelry and embroidered village textiles are incorporated into her collection. Ms. Abraham previously had a gallery on East 57th Street in New York City. She now deals privately by appointment.
The show becomes one of the most widely criticized exhibitions in the museum’s history. Michael Kimmelman writes in the first paragraph of his New York Times review: “It has brought various New York critics of usually discordant opinions into rare harmony: at the least, they dislike it. I hate the show.” Robert Hughes’s Time review was subtitled “A Fiesta of Whining.” Peter Schjeldahl of The Village Voice says the show “really may have been the worst ever.” “The show was rough and vulgar,” says Schjeldahl now. “I reacted against that. I resisted the truth that it embodied a necessary force of history, squaring the little art world with big values of democracy. But truth will tell, and I came around. Art survived just fine. The event was good for society and, gradually, by the way, for me.” Michael Kimmelman is less contrite: “My 93 piece in retrospect seems to me heartfelt and clear,” he says. “It's not against the idea of a more politically engaged biennial or art world, but against the specifics of that show. Politics matter.”