Published on February 19, 2014
Art of Merit: Studies in Buddhist Art and its Conservation David Park, Kuenga Wangmo, Sharon Cather (eds) ISBN: 9781904982920 UK Price: £75.00 US Price: $175.00 This volume contains twenty-eight ground-breaking papers (presented at the Buddhist Art Forum* at the Courtauld Institute of Art, London in 2012) which 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. *The Buddhist Art Forum—a major international gathering that explored the interrelation between the nature, creation, function, and conservation of Buddhist art from its earliest manifestations to the present—was held at the Courtauld Institute of Art in 2012, sponsored by the Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation and attended by artists, scholars, historians, conservators, officials and monks. The aims of the Ho Foundation are to promote the understanding of Buddhism and of The Courtauld to air the complex challenges of preserving Buddhist art were well served in the papers presented at the conference and contained in this volume.