Iranian artist, Leila Pazooki
Moment of Glory
Neon light installation
Courtesy Leila Heller Gallery
THIS IS WHAT EVERY EXHIBITION OF NON-WESTERN MODERN/CONTEMPORARY ART IS.
“In the Byzantine Empire, as today, rings exchanged during the marriage rite witnessed a couple’s legitimate union. Three rings were associated with this rite of passage: one ring for engagement and two for marriage. The bezels were decorated with images and words of symbolic importance or inscribed with the names of the couple. In Greek Orthodox custom, following the Byzantine tradition, the ring is worn on the right, or “correct” hand, related to the acceptability of the marriage through an ancient rite of the clasping of the right hands.”
Engagement Ring with a Greek Inscription, about A.D. 1175–1300. Gold and enamel, 1 3/16 in. diam. Image courtesy of the National Archaeological Museum, Athens
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Painter Honoré Sharrer clearly had a thing for shifty-eyed dogs…remember this suspicious character?
Detail from Honoré Sharrer study for the painting Two dogs in a still life, not after 1997. Honoré Sharrer papers, Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.