Art of Merit: Studies in Buddhist Art and its Conservation

David Park, Kuenga Wangmo, Sharon Cather (eds)

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ISBN: 9781904982920
Binding: Hardback
Dimensions: 297 x 210
Pages: 416
Illustrations: 196 Colour

Buddhist art - its nature, creation, function, conservation and contemporary manifestations - was the subject of the Buddhist Art Forum, a major conference held at The Courtauld Institute of Art in 2012 and sponsored by The Robert H.N. Ho Family Foundation. For the first time a representative group of those with a stake in Buddhist art - including art historians, conservators, curators and officials, a monk from Nepal and a contemporary artist - was gathered to address these issues. The twenty-eight papers in this resulting ground-breaking volume consider Buddhist art from the earliest Indian stupas to contemporary Himalayan thangkas, as well as its ritual use and audience, its tourist consumption in expanding economies, its often ill-conceived conservation, and its influence on modern and contemporary Western art. A stimulating range of viewpoints is expressed in this lavishly illustrated volume, making a genuine contribution to the awareness and understanding of these issues and developments that goes beyond regional and specialist boundaries.

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Art of Merit remains one of the most comprehensive volumes on not only Buddhist art but also the philosophy of Buddhist art.
Buddhistdoor International

This comprehensive and exceptional volume comprising twenty eight papers cannot fail, I feel, to appeal to all of an enquiring mind. [...] What makes this volume stand out is the fact that it enables one to see the role of conservation within the wider context of history, art, faith, artefact care and administration at all levels. Interesting and rewarding.
ICON News - July 2014

Voici un beau volume, abondamment illustré, qui réunit 29 études sur l'art du bouddhisme et sur sa conservation, présentées lors d'un colloque organisé à Londres en avril 2012 par le Courtauld Institute of Arts et The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation. [...] Il s'agit d'une reconsidération globale de l'art bouddhique à travers des exemples choisis dans plusieurs des cultures où il s'est développé, d'une sorte d'essai multiforme de définition, allant de la nature de la représentation à la fonction de l'œuvre, voire au rituel qui la crée et l'accompagne, assortie d'analyses plus traditionnelles, mais aussi de questions sur le sort qui lui est réservé, ce qui implique la désacralisation, le réemploi ou la destruction aussi bien que les méthodes de conservation, et même l'influence ou l'écho qu'il a dans l'art occidental contemporain.
Revue d'Etudes Tibétaines - No. 30, October 2014