Anonymous: Contemporary Tibetan Art
Anonymous explores the tension between an ancient culture's unbroken artistic tradition and the personality-driven world of contemporary art. Curated by Rachel Perera Weingeist and largely drawn from The Shelley and Donald Rubin Private Collection, the exhibition features over 50 works of painting, sculpture, installation, and video art by 27 artists living in Tibet and around the world. Many works will be on view to the public for the first time.
The inclusion of work from artists from around the globe—Dharamsala, Kathmandu, Lhasa, New York City, Oakland, Thimphu, Zurich and the Australian Outback—provides for a range of perspectives. Firmly established as well as emerging artists are featured, including Ang Sang, Benchung, Dedron, Gade, Jhamsang, Karma Phuntsok, Kesang Lamdark, Losang Gyatso, Marie-Dolma Chophel, Nortse, Palden Weinreb, Penba Wangdu, Phurba Namgay, Rabkar Wangchuk, Sherab Gyaltsen, Sodhon, Tanor, Tenzing Rigdol, Tsering Nyandak, Tsewang Tashi, Tsherin Sherpa, Tulku Jamyang, and anonymous contributors.
Video plays a pivotal role in the exhibition, giving viewers access to rarely seen expressions of Tibetan life and culture. A curatorial panel culled works from an extended international open call for video submissions from the Tibetan community. In addition to the contemporary display, a small selection of traditional thangka paintings will provide historical context.
Published in conjunction with ArtAsiaPacific, a 170 page, full-color, catalogue will accompany the exhibition.