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Exhibition Detail
Anonymous Tantra Paintings
131 Allen Street
New York, NY 10002

January 7th, 2012 - February 12th, 2012
January 7th, 2012 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
© Courtesy of Feature Inc
east village/lower east side
Summer hours: Tue – Sat 12 – 6

These small paintings on found paper are made anonymously in India (especially in Rajasthan) by practitioners of Tantrism—some of whom are artists—to represent and embody fundamental aspects of Tantra, a vast and complex spiritual and philosophical practice. Viewing or meditating on these reductive and essential images stimulates specific mental and/or spiritual experiences that are part of Tantra’s teachings. While the images are centuries old with highly codified forms and colors, the paintings are packed with such a high level of the artists’ intentionality that they continually appear fresh and alive. Despite their didactic function, they also have a history of being coveted, both in India and in the West, as decorative objects and abstract art. Feature Inc. began exhibiting these anonymous Tantra paintings in 1998, as a result of the gallery’s research into contemporary Indian artists and art.

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