Friday, June 30, 2017

Transportive exhibition examines the sublime in Asia's religious art

By Emily Nicol
Unknown artist Ragaputra Velavala of Bhairava c1710, Art Gallery of New South Wales
SYDNEY---Every time I walk into the Art Gallery of New South Wales I immediately think: I need to come here more often! Downstairs in the Lower Asian Gallery is the captivating exhibition Glorious: Earthly Pleasures and Heavenly Realms, featuring works from India, China, Japan and Korea, across all disciplines. This collection of works displays the importance of ritual, observation and ceremony in ancient cultures, and the importance of otherworldly realms in their art. Some pieces date all the way back to the 1st century (a reliquary box in schist and gold, featuring a lotus design, from Pakistan); there are also 12th century tea vessels from China, 18th century watercolours, and 19th century theatrical costumes, all in incredibly good condition. [More]
Installation view 'Glorious: earthly pleasures and heavenly realms' at the Art Gallery of New South Wales. Photograph: Diana Panuccio, AGNSW