On Chinese Art

In old China, there was an execution or torture called Lingering Death (凌迟). A knife was used to methodically slice off portions of the body over an extended period of time, eventually leading to death. Skilled executioners were known to be able to perform ten thousand cuts before the sufferer's last breath. In my view, that’s how Chinese Art (or even Chinese civilisation) dies – through slow slicing. Its death has lingered for almost a millennium (starting from the end of the Song Dynasty 960-1279 which really is the “Chinese Renaissance” – academics may disagree, but you just have to take my word for it).

My affection for Chinese Art runs even deeper than my love for European Art.