Art Lhasa Now–A conversation with two leading artists from Tibet

When 14 Jan 2011
6:00PM - 8:00PM
Where Trace Foundation
132 Perry Street
New York, NY 10014
United States
Enquiry 212.367.7380

Friday, Janurary 14th, 6:00 pm

Reception to follow

Press Release:

Eight years ago, 12 artists came together to undertake an experiment. In a former Sichuanese restaurant along Lhasa’s Barkhor they created the Gendün Chöpel Artists’ Guild and Gallery, and changed what it meant to be an artist in Tibet forever.

In the years since its opening, the Gendün Chöpel Artist’s Guild has grown from the initial group of 12 to more than 25 artists living and working in Lhasa. The guild’s members have exhibited their work at shows in galleries and museums across China and around the world, including, most recently, “The Scorching Sun of Tibet” at the Songzhang Art Museum in Beijing, and “Tradition Transformed: Tibetan Artists Respond” at the Rubin Museum of Art in New York.

Join us on Friday, January 14th, as Tsering Nyandak and Nortse, in conversation with Tenzing Rigdol, explore what’s happening in the art scene in Lhasa now.

Tsering Nyandak

Tsering Nyandak (b. 1974, Lhasa) is a founding member of the Gendün Chöpel Artists’ Guild in Lhasa. Begin- ning in 1999, Nyandak studied art under Tsewang Tashi, another member of the guild and a lecturer in the fine arts department at Tibet University. His most recent works include bright, symbolically charged portraits of women and young children against barren landscapes. Nyandak has held solo exhibitions in London and Berlin, and participated in group shows in London, New York, Beijing and Koenigswinter.


Nortse (Norbu Tsering, b. 1963, Lhasa) joined the Gendün Chöpel Artist’s Guild in 2005. From the early 80s to the early 90s, he studied art at academies across China, including Tibet University and the Central Arts Academy in Beijing. His work spans a wide variety of media, including photography, textiles, and oil painting. His recent works include a series of self-portraits that explore diverse themes, including global warming, overpopulation, and identity. Nortse has participated in group shows in Beijing, London, Hong Kong, Lhasa and New York. A solo show of his self-portraits was held in 2008 at Rossi & Rossi in London.

Tenzing Rigdol

Tenzin Rigdol was born in Kathmandu, Nepal. He has a diploma in traditional thangka painting and also stud- ied sand painting and butter sculpture in Kathmandu and India. In 2005, he attained a BA in Art History and a BFA in Painting/Drawing at the University of Colorado at Denver. Tenzing Rigdol’s art has been exhibited in numerous venues in the US, the UK, Hong Kong and China. In 2008, he was awarded the Rubin Himalayan Artist Fellowship at the Vermont Studio Center. He now lives and works in New York City.

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