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Spirits: Tsherin Sherpa with Robert Beer| Exhibition on View @ Peabody Essex Museum

Spirits:Tsherin Sherpa with Robert Beer explores the forces of tradition and innovation through the work of two leading figures in Himalayan art. Nepalese-born Tibetan American artist Tsherin Sherpa creates captivating paintings and sculptures that stretch, bend, reconfigure and repurpose traditional Buddhist iconography in order to address contemporary concerns. The line drawings of Robert Beer – lauded as the first Westerner to study Tibetan Buddhist thangka painting and one of the tradition’s greatest and most respected masters – reveal the strict forms, symbols and motifs from which Sherpa draws inspiration.

Together, these works create a layered and unexpected dialogue between a Himalayan artist who depicts Buddhist deities transformed by the modern world and a Welshman who is committed to preserving traditional Buddhist symbols and motifs.

On view February 4 to May 29, 2023