PRINT December 2007

Claire Bishop


1 Steve McQueen, Queen and Country (Central Library, Manchester, UK) Ninety-eight sheets of postage stamps, each bearing the image of a British soldier who died in Iraq, are arrayed on racks in an austere, coffinlike wooden display case. Because the photographs were donated by the families of the deceased, many are painfully intimate. These amateur domestic portraits are compressed into stamps—small slivers of public space—poignantly overlaid with the silhouette of the monarch in whose name they died. Installed in the Great Hall of the library, its rotunda encircled with glorious maxims about knowledge, Queen and Country stood as crushing proof of a nation’s inability to heed these exhortations to higher civic virtues.

2 Dematerialized Münster The most emblematic projects of this decade’s edition of the Skulptur Projekte reinvented Land art as a journey we could all

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