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Smile of the Buddha

Eastern Philosophy and Western Art from Monet to Today

Jacquelynn Baas, with a foreword by Robert A. F. Thurman

University of California Press, $45, 312 pp.

In the twenty-first century there remains little doubt that Eastern philosophy and religion have impressed themselves deeply on the consciousness of Western artists. It is a global world, after all, and anyone who knows the work of composer John Cage, installation artist Robert Irwin, painter Ad Reinhardt, or musician and performance artist Laurie Anderson will not be surprised to read of their various immersions in Buddhism. In Smile of...

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Donna Gustafson is chief curator of exhibits at the American Academy of Arts.

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