It has been a year since I was in China last. The first few days of this trip will be spent in Hong Kong meeting with people and getting over the jet lag and trauma of a 15 hour flight from New York. The flight was uneventful for the most part except I was fortunately upgraded to Business Class. Apparently I have been flying with Cathay Pacific Airlines loyally for over ten years. Tomorrow will be a day of meetings.
On Thursday I fly to Shanghai and will begin using my China Travel blog for trip updates rather than this blogger web site. I'll post here the China blog link tomorrow.
This should be an interesting weekend. I am flying to Oxford, England, for a two day conference on life writing. Yes, I had to look it up as well. It will be about Tibetan life writing. It turns out it is a fancy word for biography.
I will keep you posted as the weekend and conference progresses. However, before that, I really have to write a Tricycle Blog entry and send it off once I land in Heathrow in the morning. Although the coach to Oxford does have wi-fi service. They are so modern in the old world!
Namkha Gyan of Trehor was a very famous artist of East Tibet in the late 17th and 18th centuries. One of his chief patrons was the 3rd Panchen Lama who commissioned paintings which were then given to the Chinese Emperor of the time. These paintings can still be seen in the Palace Museum in Beijing. Other examples of Namkha Gyan's work can be found in Chengdu, as well as the Kangdze region of East Tibet.
This publication is of significant importance as the first modern publication in any language to be devoted to the works of an individual Tibetan historical artist.
Langkajie Tangka: The Legacy of Seventeenth Century Tangka Painting Master. Author: Yangtar Lhamo. January 2012. ISBN 978-7-5410-4806-7.
Thanglha Tsewang (1902-1989) first learned how to draw at age 10 from his uncle. He was very much encouraged at his studies by Katog Situ. Later, he became a monk and was very closely associated with Palpung Monastery in Eastern Tibet. Over the course of his life he created a large body of works, primarily Tibetan paintings - many of which are reproduced in the publication.
Collection of Tanglazewang. Authors: Konchog Tenzin, Yontan Tsering, Dodril. August 2006. ISBN 7-5409-3235-X/J-121.
A new publication highlighting a set of eleven paintings depicting the life story of Gesar has been published by the Sichuan Museum of Chengdu, China. The large format coffee table style art book has full page images of the eleven paintings along with inummerable details of each. The text is primarily in Tibetan and Chinese language with three English language articles by prominant Western scholars. The well known R.A. Stein article in French on the Gesar painting set has been translated into English and Chinese. Amy Heller discusses the historical and art historical context and Jeff Watt contributed an article on the art and iconography of Gesar.
From the Treasury of Tibetan Pictorial Art: Painted Scrolls of the Life of Gesar. Sichuan Museum. Editor, Zhang Changhong. June 2012. ISBN 978-7-101-08513-6.
Arrived at the Hong Kong airport and had the good fortune after getting off the plane of being right next to a Cathay lounge. One of the best things to do after a long flight is to take a shower. Anyway, back to the seat experience. In the premium section of the plane there are only two seats with unhindered leg room. I was in seat 31C. The seat immediately to my left would be 31A or B. These are the only two with long leg room. All of the Premium seats are wider with a few extra inches of leg room. The food service is better and the video monitors are larger. That is it. There is no other differences than that. In the future I will continue to book the coach seating, exit row aisle.