Wednesday, April 27, 2011

The Opening on April 29 4月29日のオープニング

As I am leaving for LA for my exhibition opening at Sundaram Tagore Gallery in Beverly Hills I'd like to talk a little about this special event. Sundaram (photo above) and I met many years ago in New York at the Christie's Auction House. Later we were introduced by our mutual friend, Dr. Robert Thurman, a professor at Columbia University. My first impression of Sundaram was a very smart gentleman. Since the late 80's in the New York art word I've dealt with many art dealers including some blue chip dealers. Sadly many of them were so unpleasant to work with... some exploited artists, and among us, the artists, they were called monsters! However, Sundaram was outstandingly different. He was always sincere and honest. I had never met an art dealer like him before, and I really think that he is a true gentleman.


Rabindranath Tagore, one of my favorite poets and great writers, is Sundaram's ancestor. He was more than a writer - a great thinker and a Renaissance man, and was the first Asian person to receive a Nobel Prize in the history.


The honorary guest at my opening event is Mr. Lobsang Nyandak who is a dear friend of mine. I am always so impressed by his calmness. As a chief representative of His Holiness the Dalai Lama in the Americas he is constantly under a lot of pressure and demands. However, I have never seen him lose his temper. It is quite amazing! As an emotional artist myself he seems like a Tibetan James Bond!


Dr. Stephen Commins is a professor at UCLA, and he specializes in urban planning. He was introduced to me through my dear friend, Diana Takata who used to be his student at UCLA. Since my exhibition is a benefit event (Sundaram and I are donating all proceed to educating the Tibetan refugee children in exile about the environment) he kindly offered me to speak for free. As he is a very known professor I was deeply moved by his generosity! I cannot wait to hear him talk on the Himalayan environmental crisis.


Tendor Dorjee is a very special friend to me, and he is the executive director of SFT (Students for a Free Tibet.) When I first met him many years ago at the SFT office in New York he had just graduated from Brown University, and he was so quiet and did not say a thing to me. Now he is a "jet-set-activist" that he is always traveling around the world. He leads rallies around the world for a Free Tibet, and he teaches non-violent strategies to raise young activists. Tendor climbed the Everest as a protest, and he has been arrested many times raising his voice for his country. He's been interviewed by many international media. He is a hard working, incredible man who inspired us all.


We also have Legsang Nuba who will perform damyen (Tibetan guitar), and I am sorry that I don't have his photo.
And, of course, we are expecting to have more special guests.... yes, it is you! I look forward to seeing you there, and thank you for coming!


*Save the Himalaya Exhibition Opening*
Friday, April 29 from 6 to 9pm
Sundaram Tagore Gallery, Beverly Hills
9606 S.Santa Monica Blvd. Beverly Hills

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