The Thinking Tantra Research Papers widen the scope of the exhibition and includes three essays. The first, by the exhibition curator Rebecca Heald, explains the curatorial premise of the exhibition and provides a brief history of other exhibitions of tantric art. The essay by Shezad Dawood looks at his work in relation to the Spiritualist medium Georgiana Houghton (1814-1884), the tantric artist Acharya Vyakul (1930-2000), the American experimental film makers James Whitney (1922-1982) and Maya Deren (1917-61) and Beat writer and artist Brion Gysin (1916-86). We reproduce pages from Studio International Vol 181, No 931, March 1971, of an article by Virginia Whiles: ‘Tantric Imagery: Affinities with Twentieth-Century Abstract Art’. Whiles has contributed an essay that reflects upon this earlier article in the light of her research that ‘interweaves ethnographic studies with art practice and theory. The release from disciplinary boundaries offers an anthropological perspective on cross-cultural aesthetics that reframes the rapport with the ‘other’, crucial to our era of a post-colonial art history’.
The papers includes images of exhibited artworks, artist and curator reading lists, a bibliography and biographies.
A4, soft cover, 56 pages, full colour