“Echoes of the Past: The Buddhist Cave Temples of Xiangtangshan,” currently on exhibit at the Smithsonian’s Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, was recently featured in The Wall Street Journal. While the new exhibit added 12 sculptures not in the original exhibit (most from nonlending institutions affiliated with the Sackler Gallery), the reviewer lauds the work of Katherine R. Tsiang and the University of Chicago team for their “underlying detective work.” The exhibit made its debut at the Smart Museum on September 30, 2010.
Organized by the Smart Museum of Art and the Sackler Gallery, Echoes of the Past represents the culmination of an extraordinary research project based at the Center for the Art of East Asia at the University of Chicago. The project identified, located, researched, and documented the dispersed stone carvings of the Xiangtangshan caves, once home to a magnificent array of sculptures from the sixth-century Northern Qi dynasty.
The review also gives high praise to Jason Salavon (DOVA) for the computer imaging techniques used to determine the original appearance of works lost to looting or in disrepair. To read the Wall Street Journal article, please click here. To learn more about the Xiangtangshan research project, click here.