Art

  • Buddhism and the Suffering Artist Paid Member

    On September 13, 2010 a few of us Tricyclers had the good fortune to be able to attend a conversation about contemplation and creativity between Matthieu Ricard and Philip Glass, moderated by Mark Epstein. While the event was really fantastic with many inspiring and interesting ideas discussed, it left me chewing on some thoughts. It left me wondering about the role of suffering in art and the archetype of the suffering artist. At one point Ricard said something along the lines of, “If we can speak about creativity, I think that it comes out of the space and awareness cultivated through meditation.” However, if meditation is primarily a means for us to get a handle on our suffering, what about all of the beautiful art that comes out of suffering? More »
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    The Sound of One Hand at Japan Society Paid Member

    National Touring Exhibition and First U.S. Retrospective Illuminates the Art and Life of Preeminent Zen Master Hakuin The Sound of One Hand: Paintings and Calligraphy by Zen Master Hakuin October 1, 2010 – January 9, 2011 at Japan Society Gallery New York, NY — What’s the sound of one hand clapping? This famous meditational question was first framed as “What is the sound of one hand?” by Hakuin Ekaku, an 18th century painter and Zen master whose work is showcased at Japan Society from October 1, 2010 to January 9, 2011 in The Sound of One Hand: Paintings and Calligraphy by Zen Master Hakuin. “Although a major figure in Japanese art and widely regarded as the most important Zen master of the last 600 years, Hakuin is virtually unknown to American audiences today—a situation Japan Society intends to redress with this, the first retrospective of his work ever to be seen in the United States,” says Joe Earle, Director of Japan Society Gallery. More »
  • Beautiful photographs by photographer who shoot iconic cover for National Geographic Paid Member

    The work of the photographer who once captured the face of an Afghan girl for the iconic cover of National Geographic is now on display at the Birmingham Museum in Birmingham, England. Steve McCurry's photographs will be on display through mid-October in an exhibit titled Steve McCurry---Retrospective. In a recent interview with CNN, McCurry reflected on several decades of travel and photography and spoke about his interest in Buddhism: As a photographer, you want to serve, you want the story to be told, in the most accurate, balanced way, to inform and give people a voice," he said. While many of his images document people in times of hardship, others in his portfolio are joyful explorations of situations on his doorstep as well as in far-flung places. More »
  • How much is that Buddha worth? Paid Member

    The spiraling price of gold has placed a whole new value on Taoist and Buddhist statuary in Taiwan. Gold, selling at $300 an ounce in 2002, is now pushing $1,300 an ounce. Temples are finding themselves in possession of golden Buddhas whose market values have significantly improved their fortunes. While many Taiwanese are building security systems to safeguard their treasures, not so the Nantien Temple in Ilan, in northeastern Taiwan, which built a 588-lb sea goddess (Matsu) in the mid 1990s. Canadian Business (CB) Online reports: "One would have difficulty hoisting the heavy statue even with a crane," said temple official Chen Cheng-nan. So far, I haven't heard of a temple that wants to sell. I just hope you can't borrow against the statues. More »
  • Japanese pop art Buddha sculpture causes stir at Versailles Paid Member

    A recent art installation at the Versailles Palace is causing a stir among the French. Pieces of sculpture Takashi Murakami's modern artwork---including the 18-foot "Oval Buddha"---are set to appear in a two-month exhibition entitled Murakami Versailles that will fill the rooms of the World Heritage site. The exhibit, which opened this week, has protesters who don't believe that Japanese Pop Art has a place on the palace grounds. Via the Japan Times: There are many who fail to see the link between the splendour of France's royal palace and the manga-inspired work of Takashi Murakami and, as the Japanese provocateur prepares to unveil a controversial exhibition of his sculptures, the stately calm of the chateau has been disrupted by an unseemly row over contemporary art. More »
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    Beautiful Photos of Buddhism in Burma Paid Member

    These photographs of Buddhism in Burma, by Joaquin Gomez Sastre, are fantastic. Check the rest of them out here. Images: Joaquin Gomez Sastre More »