Some artworks are ‘lovely’, nothing more nothing less. And although most of art history was devoted to producing such artefacts and great artists spent most of their time producing them (instead of engaging in a constant revolution in art) we produce very few of such artefacts: we either have rubbish artworks pretending to be lovely and artworks which are considered incomplete unless they make fun of the viewer. And of course, the audience is also a complicit: a governmental-national-popular culture has emerged hated by everyne. ‘Serious’ artists hate it most.

These two small objects which together make up a statue and appear to me more like salt and pepper shakers but actually contain a verse from the Koran, are lovely. Once I used to think that anything cast in bronze would be lovely. I still do.