November 7, 2003

FINDING SURPRISES AS THEY ARE TURNED UP BY THE KARMA WHEEL

By HOLLAND COTTER

‘The Invisible Thread: Buddhist Spirit in Contemporary Art.”
Newhouse Center for Contemporary Art at Snug Harbor, Staten Island, NY

A roster of nearly 50 artists that looked unpromisingly eclectic on paper turns out to be a beguilingly unobvious mix.

Alex Grey’s painting, ”Universal Mind Lattice,” with its glowing emblem of neural circuitry set in a Christian altarpiece format, exemplifies hybrid, interfaith ”American Buddhism” that some historians of religion see as the way of the future.