Explores the tension between an ancient culture’s unbroken artistic tradition and the personality-driven world of contemporary art.
Anonymous reflects upon the complex relationship between ancient Tibet’s artistic tradition of anonymity and contemporary artists’ search for a voice in the present. This fully illustrated catalogue, designed by Philipp Hubert and copublished by ArtAsiaPacific and Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art, State University of New York at New Paltz, includes texts by exhibition curator Rachel Perera Weingeist, curator and writer David Elliott and Tibetan cultural activist Jamyang Norbu. Participating artists Penba Wangdu, Tenzing Rigdol, and Tsherin Sherpa also contribute essays sharing personal insight into their artistic practice.
This catalogue is published in conjunction with the exhibition “Anonymous: Contemporary Tibetan Art” at Samuel Dorsky Museum in New Paltz, which features more than fifty works of painting, sculpture, installation, and video art by twenty-seven Tibetan artists. The exhibition ran from July 20 through December 15, 2013, and will travel to the Fleming Museum at the University of Vermont and the Queens Museum of Art, New York.
Rachel Perera Weingeist is Senior Advisor at the Shelley and Donald Rubin Foundation and Curator of the Shelley and Donald Rubin Private Collection. David Elliott, an independent curator of contemporary art, has been the director at the Mori Art Museum in Tokyo, Japan, and at the Istanbul Modern in Turkey. Jamyang Norbu is a writer and activist based in Nashville.
Distributed for the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art
Table of Contents
Preamble Donald Rubin
Preface Sara J. Pasti
Introduction Tom Finkelpearl
Anonymous Rachel Perera Weingeist
What If? Pitfalls of Identity in a Slippery Age David Elliott
Beyond Icons and Iconography Speculations on the Origins of Nontraditional Art in Tibet Jamyang Norbu
Tradition and the Modern World Penba Wangdu
Some Thoughts on Why I Make the Kind of Artwork I Make Tenzing Rigdol