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Celebrating The Hudson CollectionICON Gallery is celebrating ICON’s collection of Shiva Linga Paintings by showing the entire collection of 55 works in the Hudson Gallery on the ICON mezzanine. The show opens on Friday, September 1st, 6:30 to 10:00pm. Ten years ago David T. Hanson began working with Hudson, Founder and Director of the New York art gallery Feature Inc., to organize an exhibition for ICON of a suite of 71 anonymous Shiva Linga paintings that had been assembled by Hudson and the French poet Franck André Jamme. Sadly, due to the unexpected death of Hudson, this exhibition had to be cancelled. But two years later Hudson’s siblings granted Hanson permission to purchase twelve of the paintings. He subsequently organized an exhibition at ICON of those twelve paintings along with a few of his color photographs of Indian temples. Patricia Hudson was so impressed with this small show and the Fairfield community’s interest in it that she and her two brothers decided to very generously donate the remainder of the suite of paintings to ICON’s permanent collection. In response, ICON created a dedicated space, the Hudson Gallery, to exhibit selections of the Hudson Collection along with other related artworks. Shiva Linga paintings on found paper are created anonymously in northwestern India by practitioners of Tantrism, some of whom are artists, to represent and embody fundamental aspects of Tantra, a vast and complex spiritual and philosophical practice. Made to awaken heightened consciousness, these devotional images are used for visualization and meditation as part of Tantra’s spiritual practices. Despite their expression of an unbroken, centuries-old tradition, the works in this exhibition (made between 1966 and 2004) seem both timeless and utterly contemporary. They also possess a remarkable affinity with examples of twentieth-century abstract art.
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Every other year ICON has a fundraiser auction of “Mini Art” art no bigger than 5”x7”, with $15 as the minimum bid for all art. The auction opens on October 6th, 6:30 to 10:00pm. The art will be on view in the gallery for two months, with the final bidding day being December 7th. Bidding will be online. All the art displayed in the gallery can also be viewed on the auction site. Bring your phone to the gallery and bid on the spot, or bid from home.Over 100 pieces have been donated by local artists. Art will continue to be added as it comes in throughout the exhibition period. All proceeds go to ICON operating expenses.“The quality of art is quite high for the ‘Mini Art’ show,” says ICON Director Bill Teeple. “Some of this work is easily worth $100. With bidding starting at $15, anyone can get involved and maybe get a deal.”Just click on the following link to get to the auction site: