Do you think of tombs as marking a threshold, a commemoration of that ultimate borderland between life on earth and an after life? Or do you see tombs as signalling the end of a person's existence? In reviewing a show currently at the China Institute Gallery, I discovered that the Jin dynasty in 13th-century China may … Continue reading Borderland or dead end?
These new cemeteries with flat grave markers and clumps of flowers real and fake just don't do it for me. Give me broken off columns, urns draped with a cloth perpetually sliding off its shoulders, sweet little cherubs forever smiling down on us mortals. Yes, there are artists working in ceramics and metal who are … Continue reading A DYING ART?