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The Black Hat Eccentric: Artistic Visions of the Tenth Karmapa


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The Tenth Karmapa Choying Dorje (1604-1674) was not only leader of the Karma Kagyu School of Tibetan Buddhism but also famous as a great artistic innovator. In particular his works are characterized by playful depictions of animals, which set him apart from other Tibetan artists. The Black Hat Eccentric is the first publication to focus on works by the hand of a single Tibetan historical artist. The centerpiece is an inscribed set of paintings dated 1660 from the Lijiang Municipal Museum in Yunnan Province, China. Paintings from a related set by the Karmapa's workshop form the other anchor for the project and demonstrate that teams of artists were trained in the Tenth Karmapa's fascinating and enigmatic style. Individual paintings and sculptures attributed to the Tenth Karmapa from collections worldwide are also considered and contextualized by these two aspects of his artistic production.

This personal story of the life of the artist draws on his autobiographical writings as well as his many biographies to recount the dramatic historical events of the 17th century, especially as they negatively affected the Tenth Karmapa and his Kagyu School followers, thus casting a negative light on the Ganden Phodrang government of the Fifth Dalai Lama.

Karl Debreczeny is a curator at the Rubin Museum of Art, New York. Other contributors include Ian Alsop, David Jackson, and Irmgard Mengele.

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Debreczeny, Karl
Rubin Museum of Art
Debreczeny, Karl
Art history
Asian studies
Religious Studies
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