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Between Bridges and London’s alternative spaces

ALONG WITH THE ARRIVAL of the supersize gallery in London, the past few years have witnessed the opening of a handful of galleries that barely warrant the term space, given that they are so entirely lacking in square footage. For example, Ancient & Modern, run by Rob Tufnell and Bruce Haines, is situated in no more than a corridor off Old Street; Associates, the yearlong project run by artist Ryan Gander that closed in 2007, took place in a boxlike storefront on Hoxton Street; and the Bethnal Green gallery Between Bridges is located in what can only be described as a stairwell leading to artist Wolfgang Tillmans’s studio. What these spaces lack in size, however, they have made up for in program, presentation, and attitude—the limitations in scale becoming a framework within which to work rather than a hindrance. In accordance with their choice of minimal venue, the galleries have worked

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