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Volume 37 – Number 2

Mar 2006

 



'Holy Madness: Portraits of Tantric Siddhas' at the Rubin Museum
 
Tribute to Wen C. Fong

 


Tsangnyön Heruka
Tibet, 16th century
Gilt metalwork with semi-precious stone inlay
Pritzker Collection
(Photography by Hughes Dubois) 


The first four articles
 in this month's issue are an extension of the exhibition 'Holy Madness: Portraits of Tantric Siddhas' at the Rubin Museum of Art (RMA), and its accompanying catalogue. Despite their historical importance in transmitting Trantric Buddhist practices from India to Tibet, mahasiddhas have often been relegated to the sidelines in Buddhist imagery. By exploring commonalities in mahasiddha narratives and representations in Hinduism, Buddhism and Bon, Rob Linrothe, Ulrich von Schroeder and Kathryn Selig Brown offer a paradigm shift in reading images fo these 'great adepts'. Caron Smith introduces some of the significant additions to the RMA cololection since its opening in 2004. Our other main feature celebrates Wen Fong's 45 years as a scholar, teacher and collector. Roderick Whitfield describes what it was like to study with him at Princeton, while Maxwell Hearn assesses Fong's instrumental role in building up the collections and the department of Asian art at The Metropolitan Museum of Art.
 
In anticipation of Asia Week in New York, there are extensive previews of the major fairs and gallery shows. In the commentary, Julie Segraves describes how rapid urban development in Beijing has destroyed the dream of an artists' colony.
 
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