Natee Utarit Optimism Is Ridiculous: The Altarpieces

By Tony Godfrey

Natee Utarit, Nescientia, 2014. Image: Krisada Suvichakonpong. Courtesy the artist and Richard Koh Fine Art, Kuala Lumpur

Ayala Museum, Manila,18 February – 9 AprilOver the course of four years, Thai painter Natee Utarit has painted 12 large ‘altarpieces’: diptychs, triptychs and polyptychs (the latter comprising up to seven separate panels). In their forms, these pieces are inspired by Renaissance Christian altarpieces, but their content is more eclectic, filled with Buddhist imagery and samplings of modern and contemporary art references (among them Warhol’s Brillo Box, 1964), as well as random bits of taxidermy. It would be boorish not…

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