Art

  • How to Identify A Tibetan Deity Paid Member

    Jeff Watt at Himalayan Art Resources knows everything about Tibetan Buddhist iconography. I sometimes call him and ask questions like, "Who is that odd-looking deity?" Or, with urgent requests like, "We need an image, and we need it now." I sometimes try his patience, too, so I have to make sure I sort of know what I'm talking about before I call him, and still, it's hard to sound halfway intelligent: the complex landscape of Tibetan iconography is no easy thing to navigate. But those days may be over. More »
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    China & Tibet in happier times Paid Member

    China and Tibet have a very long history together (take a look here) but it hasn't always been so inharmonious. For instance, the artistic synergy between the two peoples has been impressive, and a new exhibit at the Museum of Fine Art proves it: As each tradition interacted with the other, Chinese painters took from their Tibetan counterparts a fearlessness in use of color and composition, pushing at the boundaries of their more reserved styles," Scheier-Dolberg said. More »
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    Buddhawatch: A thousand Buddhas appear Paid Member

    Wow! Hundreds of Buddha carvings appeared on three cliffs bordering a reservoir in Mei Shan City, Sichuan province. Apparently, they're well enough preserved to discern their different expressions. The reservoir that submerged the Buddhas was apparently built against the wishes of "cultural sectors," according to the People's Daily, which also asserts that water served as a better preservative than air. Buddhatwatch: Post your own favorite Buddhas as comments below and we'll pick a few and put them up. More »
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    Images of the Buddha through 2 millennia Paid Member

    It wasn't until several centuries after he'd come and gone that  representations of the Buddha appeared. Until then, the the Awakened One was represented by his absence—footprints, an umbrella shading an empty throne. Once his image appeared, however, an art form flourished for nearly two millennia and continues to this day. At the new Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Gallery of Buddhist Sculpture at London's Victoria and Albert Museum, "47 masterworks, culled from the museum's renowned Asian collections, trace the Buddha's portrayal from the 2nd to 19th centuries, in places as diverse as India, Java and Japan," we read at Time.com. More »
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    Buddhawatch Paid Member

    Not quite a Buddha but a Tara in Ensenada, Mexico, which, according to Leslie, "was a gift of peace and friendship from a Nepalese international cultural organization in 1993." Leslie laments the graffiti, which was not there when she visited. You can see it and read about it here. More »
  • Crazy for mandalas Paid Member

    Art critic Holland Cotter of the New York Times loves the Rubin Museum of Art, in New York City. And he's positively exuberant about the museum's current mandala exhibit ("The Mandala: The Perfect Circle" is the first of a series of three), even threatening to camp out at the Chelsea sanctuary for Himalayan art for the rest of the summer and into fall. You'll see what he means if you get a chance to visit for yourself. To read Cotter's review, click here. More »