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This catalogue for a traveling exhibition of works by 27 contemporary Tibetan artists originated at the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art (SUNY, New Paltz) and draws heavily from the Shelley and Donald Rubin Private Collection. The title refers to a major characteristic of Tibetan culture, where family names are seldom used, and most traditional art is unsigned religious art. Since much of today's art exhibits a strong dedication to individual expression, contemporary Tibetan artists--whether they have emigrated abroad or remain in Tibet--face the problem of reconciling their own background with their view of the 21st century. This problem, exacerbated by the present political situation in which Tibet is part of the PRC, is addressed in seven essays by curators, artists, and political activist Weingeist (exhibition curator, Rubin Museum of Art). She sets the scene by elaborating on the term "anonymous." David Elliott (former director of several museums) places Tibetan art and culture into a larger, worldwide context. Five brief essays by artists and writers provide individual perspectives on contemporary Tibet. Fine color images appear throughout; included are 22 artist biographies (5 artists are "anonymous"). This volume will benefit those interested in the problem of artists in a changing and volatile world. Summing Up: Recommended. Upper-level undergraduates and above; general readers. D. K. Haworth emeritus, Carleton College
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