Leading contemporary artist Gonkar Gyatso (born Lhasa, 1961) poses this question in Dissected Buddha, 2013, currently on view at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. The Assistant Curator with the Department of Asian Art, Kurt Behrendt's bold decision to include Gyatso's sticker collage work in "Tibet and India: Buddhist Traditions and Transformations" is an enlightened one, and invites a fresh contemporary perspective on the interpretation of the Buddha within the context of the Met's extraordinary collection of Indian and Tibetan Buddhist art.
The exhibition runs until June 8, 2014 in Gallery 251, for further information about the artist, please contact me here. A free lecture (with Museum admission) will be held on March 7, 4- 5pm, see here for further details. The work is a Promised Gift to the Met by Margaret Scott and David Teplitzky.