Fine art is one of the origins of any nation's culture. It is an aesthetic reflection of human emotions, imagination and handicraft. It includes all the genres of art beginning with painting and finishing with sculpture. Asian fine art cannot be compared with any other as its deep artistic traditions and a variety of trends and genres makes it unique. And the mystery of Asian fine art uniqueness is still a mystery. Asian fine art creates such a deep interest peoples from all over the world since the very moment of its birth, or to be exact: the moment of its discovering.
The term is usually used to designate a limited number of visual art forms, including painting, sculpture, and printmaking, and is still used by schools, institutes, and other organizations to indicate a traditional perspective on the visual arts, often implying an association with classic or academic art. In Asian fine art the word "fine" does not so much denote the quality of the artwork as such, but rather the essence of the discipline.
This definition tends to exclude visual art forms that could be considered craftwork or applied art, such as textiles.
The more recent term "visual art" is widely considered to be a more inclusive and descriptive phrase for today's variety of current art practices, and for the multitude of mediums in which high art is now more widely recognized to occur.
Tibetan art, being an essential and most religious constituent part of Asian fine art. And in western art world, the word 'Tibetan' has come to be directly associated with Buddhist scroll Thangka paintings and statues, or else with antique furniture and carpets. Asian fine art is really unique and impressive. But the idea of 'Tibet' has remained ensconced in some place far away from discussions that take place in the rest of contemporary cultural discourse, and any book or presentation of Asian fine art will automatically speak of tradition, religion and antiquity.
It is natural that these religious and traditional items made inroads into the Asian antiques market as well as the public museum culture of the US and Europe - it is not only exotic and sacred.
Arising interest to Asian fine art entailed flow of tourists into Asian countries, as well as opening of Asian institute of art all over the world.
For example, the Asian Art Institute in San Francisco, claiming its being the biggest who holds one of the most comprehensive collections of Asian fine art in the world. Spanning 6,000 years, its scope and breadth enables the museum to provide an introduction to all the major traditions of Asian fine art and culture.
Well-known in the scholarly world the collection includes more than 14,000 objects ranging from tiny jades to monumental sculptures of stone, bronze, wood and other materials, paintings on screens, hanging scrolls and other formats, porcelains and ceramics, lacquers, textiles, furniture, arms and armor, puppets, and basketry.
But there is a strong but erroneous stance that really unique or genuinely Asian or Tibetan must necessarily be old if not to say ancient, explaining that purely native traditions could not survive during the long period of colonization, having been lost. Experts, on their turn, say that have never heard anything more funny- Asian fine art is developing working out new trends and tendencies. Remember, that real art has no time frames.