Friday, March 19, 2010

Buddhist Art, Ryder, Russell, & Albers


On the Road With Seekers and Other Dharma Bums: "Finally, officially, Saturday is spring, when — I paraphrase Chaucer — tender shoots rise, surprised birds sing, and we hit the road in search of our hearts’ desire. The art world has its own version of such a trek. It’s called Asia Week, and it too kicks off on Saturday, sending devotees hiking around Manhattan in search of galleries with special shows (more than three dozen this year) and museums with Asian fare." The Story at the aNew York Times


March 19, 1279 – A Mongolian victory in the Battle of Yamen ends the Song Dynasty in China.

March 19, 1847 – Albert Pinkham Ryder, American tonalist painter known for his moody & haunting allegorical works which presaged Modernism, was born.

March 19, 1864 – Charles Marion Russell, American Western painter & sculptor, is born.

March 19, 1888 – Josef Albers, German artist, is born. A designer, photographer, typographer, printmaker and poet, Albers is best remembered for his work as an abstract painter and theorist.

March 19, 1997 – Willem de Kooning, Dutch-born Abstract Expressionist pioneer, painter, dies.


“Treasures of the Buddha. The Glories of Sacred Asia”
By Tom Lowenstein.

“The richly varied traditions of Buddhism have given us one of the most visually stunning cultural legacies of any great faith—a heritage of sacred art and architecture built up over two and a half millennia by both wealthy patrons and humble devotees. This book, illustrated with more than 160 color photographs, is a catalog of such treasures in the various Asian lands where Buddhism took root, from its origins in northern India to Tibet, Nepal, Burma, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Malaysia, Vietnam, Cambodia, China, Korea, and Japan. Here are the astonishing caves of Ajanta and Ellora in India, the glittering monuments of the Sukhotai rulers in Thailand, and the stone-carved microcosm of the universe at Angkor, once the heart of the Khmer empire. Here too are closeups of intricately carved netsuke, gilded temple paintings, and beautifully preserved mandalas.”


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