American University Museum Presents Jim Sanborn Without Provenance

By Editorial Team on September 13, 2018
A life-size sandstone figure of Varuna (detail), 2017-2018. Courtesy of the artist.
.
Currently on view through December 16, 2018.
.

In Without Provenance, Jim Sanborn has given us all a rare gift of artistic provocation. Certainly there is an abundance of beauty in this exhibition, but it is beauty that provokes thought and reflection. The takeaway from this extraordinary show is a vision for an art collecting world very different from our own.

The artist’s imagined world, which would make complete sense to an ancient Roman, is one wherein the skilled artist-craftsmen of contemporary Cambodia (who we now call forgers and who muddle the art market) would be understood to be what they are: gifted copyists. Their works would be bought for what they are, copies, and valued for what they offer: powerful evocations of the artistic genius of Khmer art of the distant past.

American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center located at 4400 Massachusetts Avenue NW. For more information, call 202-885-1300.