AWNY | GALLERY SHOWS
Asia Week New York 2016
by ALEXANDRA BREGMAN March 2016
"RECENT ACQUISITIONS. Hughes presents a diverse selection of Korean and Chinese art. An 18th-19th century Korean monk in wood stands at more than 27 inches and is brightly coloured in red, blue, and green gesso. The flesh tone of the monk is realistic, illuminating the features of the figure, and the fingers of the hands. Perhaps the most beautiful of Hughes' highlights is a Chinese rock crystal vase and cover from the Qing dynasty (1644-1911). He has previously shown snuff bottles, but this is significantly larger than is typical, at approximately 10 inches. The crystal is clear and thick, and fiarly clean, conductive to enhancing the outlines of the design. The eclectic collection is offset by a bronze reliquary from the Tang dynasty (618-907), with a cool blue patina at the top. Hughes has chosen to highlight the detail of the reliquary, zeroing in, once again on colour."