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TANTRA, ANONYMOUS AND VYAKUL

CAVIN-MORRIS GALLERY


TANTRA, ANONYMOUS AND VYAKUL

CAVIN-MORRIS GALLERY New York, NY


TANTRA, ANONYMOUS, AND VYAKUL DECEMBER 3, 2015 - JANUARY 2, 2016

Cavin-Morris is pleased to present an exhibition of tantric and tantrically influenced art works from India ranging from the sacred to the irreverent. This exhibition presents the Tantra paintings of Acharya Vyakul (1930 – 2000, Jaipur and Rajasthan, India), several anonymous artists, and some contemporary miniaturists who wish to remain anonymous. The creator of the small Yantra, or mystical diagrams was also trained as a copyist of traditional Indian miniatures. The artist chooses to remain anonymous in the spiritual act of making the paintings. The materials used include vintage paper, and hand-ground colors including minerals, mother-of-pearl, coral, tree resin mixed with metals, and vegetal pastes. These small paintings come from a tradition in Tantric Hinduism, which began in the fifth or sixth century C.E. After painting one, a devotee is to meditate on an image in order to manifest the divinity. It is a practice that involves a separation from one’s ego. In Sanskrit tantra means “loom” or “weave,” but also “treatise.” The hand-written Tantra treatises date back at least to the seventeenth century, as do the paintings. The Tantra treatises and paintings have been copied over many generations. The accompanying symbolic paintings evolved with the treatises. Now many of them have been separated from the original treatises. The Tantric philosophy does not separate spiritual, ascetic practices from the mundane experiences of daily life. A Tantrika, or practitioner of Tantra, is not expected to live a hermetic existence away from the pleasure and pain of the world. The continuum of ordinary life can provide true and ever-lasting fulfillment only when all the threads are woven according to the pattern designated by Nature. When we are born, life naturally forms itself around that pattern. But as we grow, our ignorance, desire, attachment, fear, and false images of others and ourselves tangle and tear the threads, disfiguring the fabric. Tantra practice reweaves the fabric, and restores the grace of the original pattern. The next group of drawings is by Acharya Vyakul, who is known for his eccentric variations on traditional Tantric drawings. In the context of the tantric pictorial Untitled, 1993 tradition, codified Mineral pigment on paperby unchanging archetypes, the work of Vyakul distinguishes itself xby 21.25 23its in/freedom 54 x 58.5 cmof execution, its aspect of free improvisation, a spontaneity Nel TANTRA,ANONYMOUS ANONYMOUS&&VYAKUL VYAKUL > TANTRA, > 4 4


fed by a secular tradition. Vyakul considered himself a modern painter working in the abstract tradition. Unlike 99.9 percent of painters of yantra, Vyakul signed his name. His paintings were brought to Western awareness by French poet Andre Jamme, who lent some to the groundbreaking exhibition, Magiciens de la Terre, organized by Jean-Hubert Martin, at Centre Georges Pompidou in 1989. The third group are artists who have been given bookplates by Raj-NY Photo Colors Studio and then choose which areas on the bookplates to paint in miniature style. These artists also wish to remain anonymous. The results are astonishing as they transform some iconic Western imagery through the visual expression of Indian culture. The results are less of a culture clash than culture fusion as can be seen in the famous photograph of Marilyn Monroe standing on the breezy grate. In this version, her white dress becomes a colorful textile decorated with Indian motifs, and the grate below her an elaborate Indian rug. All the other elements in the image have been left alone. The result is a complete retelling of a classic story.

Untitled, 1993 Mineral pigment on paper 21.25 x 23 in/ 54 x 58.5 cm Nel 5 5 < < TANTRA, TANTRA, ANONYMOUS ANONYMOUS & & VYAKUL VYAKUL


Untitled, 1993 Mineral pigment on paper 21.25 x 23 in/ 54 x 58.5 cm Nel TANTRA, ANONYMOUS & VYAKUL > 6


Untitled, 2014 Ink on found paper 11.5 x 8.25 inches / 29.2 x 21 cm NoA 102 7 < TANTRA, ANONYMOUS & VYAKUL


Anonymous India 9.4 x 8 inches / 23.9 x 20.3 cm IA 7

TANTRA, ANONYMOUS & VYAKUL > 8


Untitled, 2014 Ink on found paper 11.75 x 8.25 inches / 29.8 x 21 cm NoA 106 9 < TANTRA, ANONYMOUS & VYAKUL


Anonymous India 12 x 9 inches / 30.5 x 22.9 cm IA 12

TANTRA, ANONYMOUS & VYAKUL > 10


Untitled, 2014 Ink on found paper 8.25 x 11.5 inches / 21 x 29.2 cm NoA 111 11 < TANTRA, ANONYMOUS & VYAKUL


Anonymous India 14 x 11 inches / 35.6 x 27.9 cm IA 15

TANTRA, ANONYMOUS & VYAKUL > 12


Untitled, 2014 Ink on found paper 11.5 x 8.5 inches / 29.2 x 21.6 cm NoA 113 13 < TANTRA, ANONYMOUS & VYAKUL


Anonymous India 11 x 8.5 inches / 27.9 x 21.6 cm IA 8

TANTRA, ANONYMOUS & VYAKUL > 14


Untitled, 2014 Ink on found paper 11.75 x 8.5 inches / 29.8 x 21.6 cm NoA 122 15 < TANTRA, ANONYMOUS & VYAKUL


Anonymous India 8.3 x 6.6 inches / 21.1 x 16.8 cm IA 4

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India (Anonymous) Untitled, 2014 Pigment on vintage bookplate 8.5 x 10.5 inches / 21.6 x 26.7 cm IA 11 TANTRA, ANONYMOUS & VYAKUL > 18


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Anonymous Untitled, 2014 Pigment on vintage bookplate 11 x 8.5 inches / 27.9 x 21.6 cm IA 21

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Untitled, 1993 Mineral pigment on paper 21.25 x 23 in/ 54 x 58.5 cm Nel 21 < TANTRA, ANONYMOUS & VYAKUL


Anonymous Untitled, 2014 Pigment on vintage bookplate 11 x 8.5 inches / 27.9 x 21.6 cm IA 16

Untitled, 1993 Mineral pigment on paper 21.25 x 23 in/ 54 x 58.5 cm Nel TANTRA, ANONYMOUS & VYAKUL > 22


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Anonymous Untitled, 2014 Pigment on vintage bookplate 11 x 8.5 inches / 27.9 x 21.6 cm IA 17

Untitled, 1993 Mineral pigment on paper 21.25 x 23 in/ 54 x 58.5 cm Nel TANTRA, ANONYMOUS & VYAKUL > 24


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Anonymous Untitled, 2014 Pigment on vintage bookplate 11 x 8.5 inches / 27.9 x 21.6 cm IA 18

Untitled, 1993 Mineral pigment on paper 21.25 x 23 in/ 54 x 58.5 cm Nel TANTRA, ANONYMOUS & VYAKUL > 26


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Anonymous Untitled, 2014 Pigment on vintage bookplate 11 x 8.5 inches / 27.9 x 21.6 cm IA 19

Untitled, 1993 Mineral pigment on paper 21.25 x 23 in/ 54 x 58.5 cm Nel TANTRA, ANONYMOUS & VYAKUL > 28


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Anonymous Untitled, 2014 Pigment on vintage bookplate 11 x 8.5 inches / 27.9 x 21.6 cm IA 20

Untitled, 1993 Mineral pigment on paper 21.25 x 23 in/ 54 x 58.5 cm Nel TANTRA, ANONYMOUS & VYAKUL > 30


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TANTRA PAINTINGS

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Tantra Untitled, ca. 1980-2014 Natural pigments (hand-ground colors: including minerals, mother of pearl, coral, tree resin, vegetable pastes) on vintage paper 7.09 x 5.79 inches / 18 x 14.7 cm Tant 35 Untitled, 1993 Mineral pigment on paper 21.25 x 23 in/ 54 x 58.5 cm Nel 33 < TANTRA, ANONYMOUS & VYAKUL


Untitled, 1993 Mineral pigment on paper 21.25 x 23 in/ 54 x 58.5 cm Nel TANTRA, ANONYMOUS & VYAKUL > 34


Tantra Untitled, ca. 1980-2014 Natural pigments (hand-ground colors: including minerals, mother of pearl, coral, tree resin, vegetable pastes) on vintage paper 5.24 x 4.5 inches / 13.3 x 11.4 cm Tant 1

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Tantra Untitled, ca. 1980-2014 Natural pigments (hand-ground colors: including minerals, mother of pearl, coral, tree resin, vegetable pastes) on vintage paper 7.2 x 5.39 inches / 18.3 x 13.7 cm Tant 3

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Untitled, 1993 Mineral pigment on paper 21.25 x 23 in/ 54 x 58.5 cm Nel TANTRA, ANONYMOUS & VYAKUL > 38


Tantra Untitled, ca. 1980-2014 Natural pigments (hand-ground colors: including minerals, mother of pearl, coral, tree resin, vegetable pastes) on vintage paper 6.02 x 5.04 inches / 15.3 x 12.8 cm Tant 4

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Untitled, 1993 Mineral pigment on paper 21.25 x 23 in/ 54 x 58.5 cm Nel TANTRA, ANONYMOUS & VYAKUL > 40


Tantra Untitled, ca. 1980-2014 Natural pigments (hand-ground colors: including minerals, mother of pearl, coral, tree resin, vegetable pastes) on vintage paper 5.98 x 5.75 inches / 15.2 x 14.6 cm Tant 19


Untitled, 1993 Mineral pigment on paper 21.25 x 23 in/ 54 x 58.5 cm Nel TANTRA, ANONYMOUS & VYAKUL > 42


Tantra Untitled, ca. 1980-2014 Natural pigments (hand-ground colors: including minerals, mother of pearl, coral, tree resin, vegetable pastes) on vintage paper 4.92 x 5.39 inches / 12.5 x 13.7 cm Tant 29

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Untitled, 1993 Mineral pigment on paper 21.25 x 23 in/ 54 x 58.5 cm Nel TANTRA, ANONYMOUS & VYAKUL > 44


Tantra Untitled, ca. 1980-2014 Natural pigments (hand-ground colors: including minerals, mother of pearl, coral, tree resin, vegetable pastes) on vintage paper 5.55 x 4.8 inches / 14.1 x 12.2 cm Tant 33

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Untitled, 1993 Mineral pigment on paper 21.25 x 23 in/ 54 x 58.5 cm Nel TANTRA, ANONYMOUS & VYAKUL > 46


Tantra Untitled, ca. 1980-2014 Natural pigments (hand-ground colors: including minerals, mother of pearl, coral, tree resin, vegetable pastes) on vintage paper 6.06 x 5.51 inches / 15.4 x 14 cm Tant 37

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Untitled, 1993 Mineral pigment on paper 21.25 x 23 in/ 54 x 58.5 cm Nel TANTRA, ANONYMOUS & VYAKUL > 48


Tantra Untitled, ca. 1980-2014 Natural pigments (hand-ground colors: including minerals, mother of pearl, coral, tree resin, vegetable pastes) 9.49 x 5.91 inches / 24.1 x 15 cm Tant 42


Untitled, 1993 Mineral pigment on paper 21.25 x 23 in/ 54 x 58.5 cm Nel TANTRA, ANONYMOUS & VYAKUL > 50


Tantra Untitled, ca. 1980-2014 Natural pigments (hand-ground colors: including minerals, mother of pearl, coral, tree resin, vegetable pastes) 6.18 x 5.31 inches / 15.7 x 13.5 cm Tant 45


Untitled, 1993 Mineral pigment on paper 21.25 x 23 in/ 54 x 58.5 cm Nel TANTRA, ANONYMOUS & VYAKUL > 52


Tantra Untitled, ca. 1980-2014 Natural pigments (hand-ground colors: including minerals, mother of pearl, coral, tree resin, vegetable pastes) on vintage paper 6.02 x 4.92 inches / 15.3 x 12.5 cm Tant 11


Untitled, 1993 Mineral pigment on paper 21.25 x 23 in/ 54 x 58.5 cm Nel TANTRA, ANONYMOUS & VYAKUL > 54


Tantra Untitled, ca. 1980-2014 Natural pigments (hand-ground colors: including minerals, mother of pearl, coral, tree resin, vegetable pastes) 5.31 x 4.09 inches / 13.5 x 10.4 cm Tant 38


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ACHARYA VYAKUL PAINTINGS

Untitled, 1993 Mineral pigment on paper 21.25 x 23 in/ 54 x 58.5 cm Nel TANTRA, ANONYMOUS & VYAKUL > 58


Acharya Vyakul Untitled, c. 1990s Pigment on paper 9 x 5.75 inches / 22.9 x 14.6 cm Vya 39

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Untitled, 1993 Mineral pigment on paper 21.25 x 23 in/ 54 x 58.5 cm Nel TANTRA, ANONYMOUS & VYAKUL > 60


Acharya Vyakul Untitled, c. 1990s Pigment on paper 7.75 x 8 inches / 19.7 x 20.3 cm Vya 44

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Untitled, 1993 Mineral pigment on paper 21.25 x 23 in/ 54 x 58.5 cm Nel TANTRA, ANONYMOUS & VYAKUL > 62


Acharya Vyakul Untitled, c. 1990s Pigment on paper 10.5 x 8 inches / 26.7 x 20.3 cm Vya 45

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Untitled, 1993 Mineral pigment on paper 21.25 x 23 in/ 54 x 58.5 cm Nel TANTRA, ANONYMOUS & VYAKUL > 64


Acharya Vyakul Untitled, c. 1990s Pigment on paper 10.5 x 8 inches / 26.7 x 20.3 cm Vya 46


Untitled, 1993 Mineral pigment on paper 21.25 x 23 in/ 54 x 58.5 cm Nel TANTRA, ANONYMOUS & VYAKUL > 66


Acharya Vyakul Untitled, c. 1990s Pigment on paper 7 x 9 inches / 17.8 x 22.9 cm Vya 37


Untitled, 1993 Mineral pigment on paper 21.25 x 23 in/ 54 x 58.5 cm Nel TANTRA, ANONYMOUS & VYAKUL > 68


Acharya Vyakul Untitled, c. 1990s Pigment on paper 6.25 x 8 inches / 15.9 x 20.3 cm Vya 38


Untitled, 1993 Mineral pigment on paper 21.25 x 23 in/ 54 x 58.5 cm Nel TANTRA, ANONYMOUS & VYAKUL > 70


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