“Is there such a thing as a common world art?”

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August 1st, 2012

 

(Interview) Tantra Song: Abstract Tantric Painting from Rajasthan

Port Magazine

ROB LEEMING

 

With our modern eloquence, our technology and our brash and inventive culture, contemporary artists have developed individual ways of expressing hopes, beliefs, doubts and fears through art. Yet magically, when arts and crafts are brought together from across the world — from cultures and nations completely separate from one-another — unlikely bonds emerge, suggesting a common human struggle for expression and the existence of a “world art.”

An excellent example of this can be seen in Tantra Song, a new book compiled by one of France’s leading contemporary poets, Franck André Jamme.

The book features Tantric paintings created by tantrika families from Rajasthan, India, works tracked down by the author after many visits to the country over the last thirty years. The pictures themselves are born out of the ancient traditions of Tantric Hinduism and have resonated with modern readers, struck by their uncanny similarities to Western modern art, particularly their expression of meaning through simple forms. . . .

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