Cotter <3's Exhibition of Pakistani Buddhas

"Vision of a Buddha Paradise" Credit: Peter Oszvald/Art and Exhibition Hall of the Federal Republic of Germany. Image Via the NYT

Holland Cotter’s NYT piece on The Buddhist Heritage of Pakistan: Art of Gandhara is probably my favorite exhibition review of the summer. From the start, it is obvious that Cotter is enjoying his subject and the controversy surrounding the exhibition. He also includes numerous delectable pop-culture references throughout the piece (he describes the above depiction of paradise as “a kind of flash-mob version of heaven”) and reading the whole thing was like being led on a cheery little adventure.

It is reviews like this that make me want to experience culture and write about it.

Thanks, Holland! Can I call you Holland?

The Buddhist Heritage of Pakistan: Art of Gandhara opened on Wednesday at The Asia Society. It closes on October 30th.

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