Art is a diverse range of human activities in creating visual, auditory or performing artifacts ( artworks ), expressing the author’s imaginative or technical skill, intended to be appreciated for their beauty or emotional power. Appadurai and Gell are just two of the latest in a long line of anthropologists whose work has been welcomed by, and into, art history.( 10 ) This permeability or openness has sometimes been seen as a threat to the discipline, but it can also be viewed as a strength.
From the 1960s, art history underwent an enormous expansion, especially within the academy, as, for example, art history departments were established at the new universities (including the Universities of East Anglia, Essex and Sussex), at polytechnics (such as Middlesex) and other institutions of higher and further education.
I now make art with my partner once a week as a way to strengthen our bond; I keep my self care journal; I facilitate groups on art journaling for pregnancy; I wrote my thesis on art journaling; I participate in round robins and collaborative journals; and at any given time, may have 5 different art journals that I am working on.
This article is a critical study of the Nepalese art and iconography discussed in the Circle of Bliss, Buddhist Meditational Art, an exhibition catalogue, by John Huntington and Dina Bangdel with the contribution of graduate students of Ohio State University, Columbus and some other scholars.
Tantras (texts) clearly state that scripture is the necessary complement to the oral teachings one receives from the mouth of one’s guru.” Much of this literature contains descriptions of deities in the form of precepts for meditation and complex mythologies that served as verbal models for artists.