• Henry VIII’s Wives


    Sometimes an artwork elicits a fine empathy for “all the living and the dead” by realizing its idiosyncrasies full scale. In a unique move of appropriation, Henry VIII’s Wives (a group consisting of artists Bob Grieve, Rachel Dagnall, Sirko Knüpfer, Simon Polli, Per Sander, and Lucy Skaer) have reconstructed the Neolithic Orkney village of Skara Brae, complete with burial house, residential areas, and a communal workshop. This artistic one-to-one reimagination doesn’t pander to fetishized production values but engages instead in a bricolage of both abstract and palpable historical material. The

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