Beginning Saturday, and for the next eight days, it will be the coolest thing in town. The Smithsonian’s Sackler Gallery is hosting a “digital cave,” a fully immersive, three-dimensional tour of an elaborately painted, more-than 1,300-year-old Buddhist cave in northwest China. Using technology developed in Sydney, the “Pure Land” installation is contained in a tent, in the garden courtyard of the Sackler.
Danish artist Per Kirkeby trained as an arctic geologist, and much of the work in his current Phillips Collection retrospective is as dark and heavy as volcanic mud. Some of that exhibition’s motifs recur in Robert Brown Gallery’s show of Kirkeby’s prints and drawings (and a single painting). But the artist’s drypoints, etchings and aquatints have a lighter touch, even when they’re mostly black.