Volume 37 – Number 2
'Holy Madness: Portraits of Tantric Siddhas' at the Rubin Museum
Tribute to Wen C. Fong
Tibet, 16th century
Gilt metalwork with semi-precious stone inlay
(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.
Inne Broos. Study Day Report: 'Contemporary Lhasa: Talking with Artists From Tibet', Asia House, London Rob Linrothe. Siddha Stories in Stone: Nath Narratives at Shri Sailam Ulrich von Schroeder. Empowered Masters: Tibetan Wall Paintings of Mahasiddhas at Gyantse Moke Mokotoff. An Oasis of Buddhist Sacred Art, Scholarship, Meditation and Service in Remote India A 'Padmasambhava Palace' in Southern Brazil Maxwell K. Hearn. Wen C. Fong and Asian Art at the Metropolitan Museum Roderick Whitfield. Streams and Mountains Without End: The Far Vision of Wen Fong Caron Smith. Building the Rubin Museum of Art Collection Rob Linrothe. Subject, Object and Agent: Parsing the Syntax of Tibetan Mahasiddha Art Kathryn H. Selig Brown. 'Great Magicians' in Bon Art
The International Asian Art Fair Fair Preview: The Arts of Pacific Asia Show in New York Fair Preview: The European Fine Art Fair in Maastricht