Sikh art from the Kapany Collection
This volume brings together leading scholars of Sikhism and of Sikh art to assess and interpret the remarkable art resource known as the Kapany Collection, using it to introduce to a broad public the culture, history, and ethos of the Sikhs. Fifteen renowned scholars contributed essays describing the passion and vision of Narinder and Satinder Kapany in assembling this unparalleled assemblage of great Sikh art, some of which has been displayed in exhibitions around the globe. The Kapanys' legacy of philanthropic work includes establishing the Sikh Foundation (now celebrating its 50th year) and university endowments for Sikh studies. Through this profusely illustrated book's chapters, scholars examine the full range of Sikh artistic expression and of Sikh history and cultural life, using artworks from the Kapany Collection.
Table of contents:
Introduction: Art by, for, or about the Sikhs / Paul Michael Taylor and Sonia Dhami -- Part one. The collectors and their vision. -- Narinder and Satinder Kapany : the passion behind the Kapany Sikh Art Collection / Kiran Kaur Kapany -- Narinder Singh Kapany : the man and his accomplishments / Gurinder Singh Mann -- Artistic gifts and creations of Dr. Narinder S. Kapany / Gurnam S. S. Brard -- Part two. The Kapany Collection : a survey of Sikh history and ethos -- The Sikh gurus : works of art in the Kapany Collection / Pashaura Singh -- Portraits of Sikh gurus / Nirvikar Singh -- Guru Nanak at the Asian Art Museum : a biography in the language of colors / Nikky-Guninder Kaur Singh -- Golden Temple: spiritual capital of the Sikhs / Mohinder Singh -- Arts and culture in the Punjab kingdom and Sikh states, Trans-Sutlej and Cis-Sutlej / Jean-Marie Lafont -- The Maharajah and his faith / Peter Bance -- The Sikh martial tradition / Navtej Sarna -- Part three. Further studies in the Kapany Collection. -- The Nanakshahi - the divine Sikh coinage / Jyoti M. Rai -- The Kapany stamp collection / Henry J. Walker -- Faith and identity in silk, cotton, and wool : textiles from the Kapany Collection / Christin McKnight Sethi -- Devotion, work, and play in contemporary Sikh art / Mary-Ann Milford-Lutzker -- Exhibiting the Kapany collection : transformation of Sikh art in museums / Paul Michael Taylor -- Glossary -- Contributors -- Editors -- Photograph Credits.
"On the occasion of the 50th anniversary, this book is produced and distributed by The Sikh Foundation, in association with the Asian Cultural History Program, Department of Anthropology, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C., USA."--Verso of title page.