Strange Fascination

Tomb II
Gregory Gillespie, 1936-2000

Gillespie was thinking about the conventions surrounding death when he made this sculpture. He told and interviewer in 1999, ”I want this big tomb at my wake. It will add some humour to the event. But it’s really a kind of joke because it’s so big and bright and funny that I don’t think people are really going to … have it here.” And yet, it was there.

Mixed media on wood panels, 1998-1999

At the National Portrait Gallery, Washington, D.C.

March 22nd, 2019


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