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Tantra Song: Tantric Painting from Rajasthan

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This collection of rare, abstract Tantra drawings was conceived when the French poet Franck Andr Jamme stumbled on a small catalogue of Tantric art at a Paris bookseller's stall. The volume included writings by Octavio Paz and Henri Michaux, and Jamme became fascinated by the images' affinity with modern art and poetry. He read voraciously and even journeyed to India, ...more
Hardcover, 111 pages
Published October 31st 2011 by Siglio Press
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Dennis Sweeney
Oct 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I could look at these forever and probably will.
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Bill Berkson: What presence has this art had in your life?

Franck Andre Jamme: A constant presence for thirty years. However, two things should be clear. First, I’m obviously not an adept, a tantrika, but there is something they very often do with these paintings that I do myself from time to time — the “visualization.” In this practice, you just stay in front of a piece for say, ten to twenty minutes — I didn’t invoke a divinity like they do, my way is raw and very unorthodox. I just focus on
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Jun 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A few weeks ago I went to a talk about Tantric painting, which was something I had never heard of before. These works are not considered art, but as departure points for meditation. This intrigued me, as I am trying to produce work which is not art, but something which comes out of the subconscious, and is not necessarily meant to be shared, but as some sort of personal expression. The talk and this book are interesting as to the motivations that some things are done for the spirit. This is ...more
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this is the best art book and the most interesting art i've (ever?) seen, beautiful down to the book's cover and binding matching the last painting in the book... this goes beyond art history
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Franck André Jamme has published fifteen books of poems and fragments since 1981, as well as numerous illustrated books (with Jaume Plensa, James Brown, Zao Wou Ki, Marc Couturier, Suzan Frecon, Yang Jie Chang, Olivier Debre, Acharya Vyakul, Philippe Favier). He has been praised by Edmond Jabes, Henri Michaux and René Char (whose Complete Works he has edited in La Pléiade), and has been translated ...more