Saturday University Lecture Series:
Color in Asian Art - Material and Meaning
Dip into dimensions of color and pigment in Asian art with eight in depth talks. From legend and ritual, to trade and cultural exchange, to technical innovation and changing artistic practices—the use of bold colors has been considered alternatively excessive, precious, or brilliant throughout history. What rare pigments and closely guarded techniques produced some artworks, and what artistic innovations and social changes produced others? Join us to enjoy a spectrum of talks on colors produced from the earth, sea, fire, plants, and insects.
Learning from Color: Pigments and Artistic Interventions in Indian Painting
Jinah Kim, Harvard University
Cosponsored by the University of Washington South Asia Center
How green is “Green Tara” in a Buddhist master’s vision? If color perception is subjective, how did color information circulate in premodern South Asia? Since when is Krishna blue, Amitabha red? And why? This talk explores how ritual practices and artistic interventions may have contributed to the propensity for primary colors in Indic painting traditions for codifying knowledge. While it is difficult to construe unnamed artists’ intentions, identification of pigments affords us a glimpse into artists’ intimate embodied knowledge of color when read together with other evidence.
About the Presenter
is George P. Bickford Professor of Indian and South Asian Art at Harvard University, where she teaches South and Southeast Asian art. Professor Kim’s research and teaching interests include text-image relationships, female representations and patronage, re-appropriation of sacred objects, and post-colonial discourse in the field of South and Southeast Asian Art. Her books include Receptacle of the Sacred: Illustrated Manuscripts and the Buddhist Book Cult in South Asia
(2013), and Garland of Visions: Color, Tantra and a Material History of Indian painting
OTHER LECTURES IN THIS SERIES
Dragon's Blood and the Blood of Dragons
The Colors of Space and Time
Shades of Green and White
Pigments and Artistic Interventions
Indigo in Two 15th-century Chinese Paintings
Korean Culture in Five Colors
Colors of the Earth, Colors of the Sky
Turquoise, The Sky Blue Stone
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