Spotlight on Islamic Art

One of the more unexpected effects of the Sept. 11 attacks on the U.S. has been a renewed interest in Islamic art. Though some galleries were initially concerned that shows of Islamic art would be ill received, the opposite has been true. A Montreal museum canceled a show of Muslim artists right after the attacks but reinstated it after public outcry. Several small galleries quickly put together exhibitions, including the Honolulu Academy of Art, which had planned to open an Islamic gallery late in 2002 with work from Doris Duke's collection but rushed out an exhibition of its own works last...

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