Experiments with Truth

Gandhi and Images of Nonviolence

Edited by Josef Helfenstein and Joseph N. Newland; With an introduction by Josef Helfenstein and essays or reprints by Vinay Lal, Emilee Dawn Whitehurst, Eric Wolf, Toby Kamps, Thich Nhat Hanh, Aung San Suu Kyi, and others

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This fascinating book introduces and explores the resonance of Gandhi’s (1869–1948) ethics of nonviolence in the visual arts. Taking the form of a reader, the texts range across influences on Gandhian philosophy and outgrowths from it. The accompanying images include Gandhi’s own iconography, photojournalism of related social movements and nonviolent struggles, artworks speaking to violence or issuing from an inner space of peace, and portraits of the Mahatma’s forebears and followers. Experiments with Truth counterpoints art and ideas: religious art of the past, paintings and sculpture from the mid-20th century on, contemporary installations, newly written historical summaries and thematic explorations, reprints of texts by famous peacemakers, and passages in religious texts that inspired Gandhi. 
Josef Helfenstein is director and Joseph N. Newland is director of publishing, both at the Menil Collection, Houston.

EXHIBITION SCHEDULE

The Menil Collection
(10/02/14–02/01/15)


International Red Cross and Red Crescent Museum
(04/14/15–01/03/16)

ISBN: 9780300208801
Publication Date: December 23, 2014
Publishing Partner: Distributed for The Menil Collection
352 pages, 8 x 10 1/2
220 color + b/w illus.
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form, color, illumination

Suzan Frecon painting

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Silence

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