Tibetan Artist Gonkar Gyatso at Pearl Lam Galleries, Hong Kong (NY Times)

An untitled mixed-media sculpture from 2012 by Gonkar Gyatso. Credit Photograph by Jerome Favre, courtesy of the artist and Pearl Lam Galleries

An untitled mixed-media sculpture from 2012 by Gonkar Gyatso. Credit Photograph by Jerome Favre, courtesy of the artist and Pearl Lam Galleries

Tibetan Artists Rise to the Fore
Gonkar Gyatso Mixes Buddhist Iconography and Pop Images

HONG KONG — The Tibetan artist Gonkar Gyatso was in Hong Kong last month, putting the final touches on his latest exhibition at Pearl Lam Galleries. A bookish figure in black glasses and a blue button-up shirt, he stopped to inspect one of his new works, a 10-foot by 10-foot collage that showed a construction crane hook holding up the concentric spheres of a mandala, a Tibetan spiritual symbol. Cartoon trucks and diggers surrounded the spheres, which were dripping and melting like the polar caps. The piece, called “Shangri La” (2014), is one of 16 in the show, which runs through Oct. 31.

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