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
literally, “to draw a deity.” Traditionally, neither the Tibetan
the Tibetan cultural framework has recognized art for art’s sake, and an
artist’s efficacy rests in his ability to precisely replicate an
visual language and portray the essence of a particular deity.
Transformed: Tibetan Artists Respond” is on view at the Rubin Museum of
June 11 through October 18, 2010.