When speaking, Kashmir sounds like cashmere, and you may believe this article concerns fashion art with sweaters. You would be in error. This article relates to Buddhist and Hindu paintings, sculptures and wood engravings from a specific, Asian region. The Block Museum at Northwestern University , which is at 40 Arts Drive in Evanston, Ill. currently displays this art.
More than 25, but less than 50 artworks are on display. The framed pieces may outnumber the sculptures. Creations on canvas and paper likely outnumber creations that use brass, copper (Cu), gold (Au) and zinc (Zn).
Kashmir is east of Pakistan and west of Tibet. This region is north of India’s Punjab region. It is south of the Karakorum Range, which separates China from Pakistan.
As Naturalism Style and Realism Style, this art exhibit includes photographs. These photographs are in color. Their subjects are mountains (Mount Everest may be among them.), reliquaries and Tibetan monks. All of these photographs are smaller than five feet (width) by five feet (high).
All of the paintings are smaller than five feet by five feet. Religious symbolism is paramount in these paintings. Painting materials are watercolors and pigments; the pigments may not contain oil.
Parchments or papyrus (These may once have been scrolls.) are in rectangular frames that have dimensions that are wider than higher. This art incorporates text with drawings.
Invariably, sculptures are also on display. All of these are shorter than three feet high. They represent various deities. There is Buddha and Parvati.
Near this gallery’s entrance there is a mosaic/photomontage. It includes religious articles, a painting and a photo of the Dalai Lama. A canopy is also part of this ensemble.
Buddhist Art of Kashmir and Its Legacies will be on display until April 19, 2015. On Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2015 at 6 p.m. there will be a talk by Dr. Siddiq Wahid, The History of a Border-Crossing Lineage in Central and South Asia: The Radhu Family. On Feb. 10, 2015 at 6 p.m., Dr. Madhuvanti Ghose will give insight into East Indian, Southeast Asian, Himalayan and Islamic art—Early Art of Kashmir. On April 1, 2015, Larry Snider will discuss his photographs while traveling in Asia—Photography and the State of Kashmir.
People who intend to attend any of these events should not expect to see paintings, photos or sculptures of abominable snowmen, Sasquatch or yetis. There will be no animated snowmen attending. Extraterrestrials from Pluto are likely to be absent.