Yoga: The Art of Transformation
New York Times 2013 holiday gift list pick
An exploration of yoga's meanings and transformations over time; the discipline's goals of spiritual enlightenment, worldly power, and health and well-being; and the beauty and profundity of Indian art.
ISBN 10: 1588344592
ISBN 13: 9781588344595
Debra Diamond is associate curator of South and Southeast Asian art, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery. Her exhibition catalogue for Garden and Cosmos (fall 2008) received two major awards for scholarship: the College Art Association's Alfred H. Barr award and the Smithsonian Secretary's Award for Research. She has published on yoga imagery, new methods in Indian art history, contemporary Asian art, and various aspects of the Freer|Sackler collections.
Stress is a holiday hazard. If you want to stay centered and keep your chakras aligned, or know someone who does, by all means pick up this catalog for an outstanding exhibition of the same name at the Smithsonian's Arthur M. Sackler Gallery in Washington through Jan. 26. Hard to believe, but the show is the first-ever survey of yoga's visual history, and those visuals are really something: monumental 10th-century sculptures of female spiritiual teachers, or yoginis; minute 17th-century manuscript paintings; and fascinating 19th-century photographs. They're all in the book, along with a wealth of absorbing ideas. Bliss.
—New York Times (2013 Holiday Gift List)
An indispensable resource for the study of Yoga, Indian religions more generally, and Indian art. It is likewise a trove for the study of embodied religion.
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