The Rubin Museum of Art Presents Contemporary Tibetan Artists

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Pema Rinzin (1966 - ) / "Peace and Energy 1", 2009. - Ground mineral pigments and gold on cloth, 41 x 61 in. - Collection of the artist.

NEW YORK, NY.- There is no Tibetan equivalent for the word
“art” as it is known in the West. The closest approximation is lha dri
pa,
literally, “to draw a deity.” Traditionally, neither the Tibetan
language nor
the Tibetan cultural framework has recognized art for art’s sake, and an

artist’s efficacy rests in his ability to precisely replicate an
established
visual language and portray the essence of a particular deity.
“Tradition
Transformed: Tibetan Artists Respond” is on view at the Rubin Museum of
Art from
June 11 through October 18, 2010.