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Old 04-20-2008, 09:28 AM
mountshang mountshang is offline
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Shinjo Ito

At last!

I've finally seen an exhibit of contemporary Buddhist sculpture here in Chicago. (it's been touring the country)

Why is there an unwritten rule that art museums cannot show religious art unless it's hundreds of years old ?

Here's a short tour of the exhibit:

But .... when are we going to see the really good stuff ?

Shinjo Ito may have been an extraordinary religious leader -- who founded an esoteric Buddhist sect that now numbers in the millions --but I think he was a rather mediocre sculptor -- verging on the dreadful in his larger pieces.

Why didn't he hire real sculptors to make the pieces for his temples ?

If there's any country in the world that has a large pool of talented figure sculptors -- it would be Japan.
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