In Trying Times, Buddhist Art Offers Spiritual Refuge

One of the oldest Tibetan art collections in the United States arrived in Newark, New Jersey, at the beginning of the 19th century. At that time, one of the Newark Museum of Art’s founding trustees, Edward N. Crane, met Dr. Albert L. Shelton, a Christian medical missionary coming back from China and Tibet. The latter … Read more

What Does Spiritual Diversity Mean in Contemporary Art?

For decades, United States government officials, media pundits, and art institutions have promoted anti-China propaganda that stokes Sinophobic fears of a communist takeover. Among this country’s charges against China is religious persecution, reflecting the longstanding atheism of the Communist Party. Because of this, President Xi Jinping reportedly developed measures to embrace the faiths that predate … Read more

Awakened by Matthew Thomas’s Spiritual Abstractions

LOS ANGELES — A gentle soundscape greets you upon entering Enlightenment, a survey of paintings and a site-specific installation by artist and art professor Matthew Thomas. Tucked within one of the galleries at the California African American Museum (CAAM), Enlightenment offers respite from the hustle and bustle of the nearby Exposition Park. It felt like … Read more