Robyn Maxwell: Life, Death and Magic


Carol Cains


Life, Death and Magic: 2000 years of Southeast Asian Ancestral Art
by Robyn Maxwell
National Gallery of Australia, $69.95 hb, 256 pp, 9780642334152


Imagine living in a world also inhabited by the spirits of the ancestors, whose goodwill is essential to the ongoing fertility and prosperity of the community. Life, Death and Magic: 2000 Years of Southeast Asian Ancestral Art reveals this view of the cosmos, and explores the relationship between art and the world of the ancestors in South-East Asia. It is published in association with the ground-breaking exhibition of the same name curated by Robyn Maxwell, Senior Curator of Asian Art at the National Gallery of Australia, where it was recently on display.

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Published in November 2010 no. 326

Carol Cains

Carol Cains is Curator of Asian Art at the National Gallery of Victoria. Her most recent exhibition was Chinoiserie: Asia in Europe 1620–1840, which she co-curated with Dr Matthew Martin.

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