The Wall Paintings of Nyag Lhakhang Kharpo
'Treasures Rediscovered: Chinese Stone Sculpture from the Sackler Collections at Columbia University'
'Designed for Pleasure: The World of Edo Japan in Prints and Paintings, 1680-1860'
'The Genius of Japanese Lacquer: Masterworks by Shibata Zeshin'
'Rhythms of India: The Art of Nandalal Bose (1882-1966)'
Detail of the Dharmadhatu-Vagishvara Manjushri Mandala showing Amitabha
South wall, Nyag Lhakhang Kharpo cave-temple,
Khartse, Zada district, Tibet Autonomous Region
Early Guge kingdom, possibly 2nd quarter of the 11th century
(Photography by Thomas J. Prtizker)
The processes of rediscovery and recovery are common threads that run through the diverse material featured in this issue. Be it a goat pen found to be a Buddhist cave-temple, works left forgotten in the storage of a great university, or the fond recollections by a grandson of his artist-grandfather, all contribute to providing a more holistic understanidng of their relevant fields, some less well trodden than others.
Thomas Pritzker's article marks the first pubication of the murals of Nyag Lhakhang Kharpo, an 11th century cave-temple in remote West Tibet that the author came upon in his quest to find out more about the early Guge kingdom.
The remaning articles cover exhibitions in the US this spring. Eileen Hsu and Leopold Swergold introduce Chinese sculptures that Arthur Sackler gifted to Columbia. To celebrate the 35th anniversary of the Japanese Art Society of America, Donald Jenkins and David Waterhouse introduce some lesser-known aspects of ukiyo-e production. Joe Earle explains how the show he organized at Japan Society gave him an opportunity to reassess the oeuvre of Shibata Zeshin. On the occassion of the first US exhibition of Nandalal Bose's works, Sonya Quintanilla and Supratik Bose re-examine and recall the historic and creative legacy of a seminal artist.
We feature previews of fairs and gallery openings in Europe, and events during Asia Week in New York. In the commentary, N.G.D. Malmqvist makes an impassioned plea to protest the funding cuts at the Museum of Far Eastern Antiquities in Stockholm.