TCNJ exhibit highlights Indian art

November 11, 2012 by  

The Gallery at The College of New Jersey (TCNJ) in Ewing recently opened an exhibit entitled ‘Goddess, Lion, Peasant, Priest: Modern and Contemporary Indian Art’, which is a selection from the private collection of Donald and Shelley Rubin showcasing contemporary Indian art. The Gallery and The Collage are most likely using flyer printing and poster printing to publicize the exhibit, which runs through December 16, so that both the college community and the general public can find out about this type of artwork.

According to the Director of The College of New Jersey Art Gallery, Emily Croll, the paintings in the collection are an overview of paintings from India over the last 50 years and provide an in-depth look into the culture and religious practice of that part of the world.

Donald and Shelley Rubin became interested in Indian art when they purchased a pair of Tibetan paintings in 1975. They were unfamiliar with Buddhism and Tibet at the time but felt deeply connected to these paintings from the 19th century. The couple continued to collect these paintings of Himalayan and Asian art over the years and eventually purchased the Barney of New York building to house the collection and then founded the Rubin Museum of Art in 2004 so that it could be viewed by the general public.

The Rubins’ collection now dates back to the 11th century with painting from the Himalayas, Tibet, Mongolia, and China. More contemporary pieces that represent real life from the area are on display at the current exhibit.