Jeff Watt

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Who hijacked Himalayan art? Or any art, for that matter?

Himalayan Art Resources (HAR) is the most comprehensive collection of Himalayan art available, much of it Buddhist. For years now, Jeff Watt, HAR’s director, has been exhorting us to understand and critique Himalayan art on its own merit—much as we might consider, say, a Fra Angelico—and rescue it from the theory-laden university art history departments. […]

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Paintings of the 10th Karmapa

  Himalayan Art Resources’ Jeff Watt writes: Probably one of the most famous Tibetan contemporary artists of his time was the 10th Karmapa, Choying Dorje (1604-1674). Take a look. I know, I know, I plug this site a lot but there’s nothing like it. You can click on the pix to enlarge.

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Wrong, wrong, wrong!

Himalayan Art Resources’ Jeff Watt couldn’t be more emphatic: Art for art’s sake is as old as Tibet—in fact, far older. So you can imagine how ticked off the Tibetan iconography expert was when he read this at artdaily.org: There is no Tibetan equivalent for the word “art” as it is known in the West. […]

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Want to go to China for free?

…Then follow Himalayan Art Resource’s director Jeff Watt as he blogs his way through the Middle Kingdom! Read his daily reports from China’s museums, universities and Buddhist temples. From his April 3rd blog post, Yesterday morning we left early to travel to the Dazu Grotto. The Sichuan University provided a car and driver for our […]

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