Voice of the Thunder Dragon

When 11 Feb 2017 - 31 Mar 2017
Where Garis & Hahn
263 Bowery
New York, NY 10002
United States

Voice of the Thunder Dragon is the first group exhibit of Bhutanese contemporary art in the United States.  Curated by collector Maxwell S. Joseph, it presents four visual artists who are pioneering contemporary visual art in Bhutan. Artists Asha Kama, Pema “Tintin” Tshering, Phurba Namgay, and Gyempo Wangchuk‘s diverse practices offer unique insights into the Himalayan kingdom’s careful engagement with Westernization.  The exhibition runs from February 11-28, 2017.

Gyempo Wangchuk melds his classical training in traditional Bhutanese art with contemporary concepts and aesthetics to create potent expressions of the world around him. His artwork explores a range of themes from personal narratives to time-honored scriptural parables, translating his experiences into vibrant colors.

Kama “Asha Kama” Wangdi is the progenitor and torchbearer of contemporary art in Bhutan.  His fluid, dynamic re-imagination of Buddhist iconography has inspired a shift in the artistic style of an entire nation. In 1997, Asha Kama founded the Voluntary Artists’ Studio, Thimphu (VAST), Bhutan’s preeminent visual arts organization and the locus of contemporary arts in the country.  He was awarded the National Order of Merit in 2010 from the King of Bhutan for his contributions to art and the Bhutanese youth.

Phurba Namgay is a traditional Bhutanese thangka painter and a contemporary artist.  Phurba translates symbols of western visual culture into traditional thangka forms, reflecting on the meaning contained in the iconographic lexicon of both these cultures.

A Bhutanese contemporary artist for over 17 years, Tintin, as he is popularly referred to, re-examines Buddhist and Bhutanese concepts, freeing them from their expected, familiar contexts and reframing their meaning.
Exhibit hours are 11:00 am – 7:00 pm every day.

Photo courtesy of the organiser/s

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