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  • Gillian Wearing, Signs That Say What You Want Them to Say and Not Signs That Say What Someone Else Wants You to Say (I signed on and they would not give me nothing), 1992-93, color photograph, 48 x 36 1/4". From “Making History.”

    Gillian Wearing, Signs That Say What You Want Them to Say and Not Signs That Say What Someone Else Wants You to Say (I signed on and they would not give me nothing), 1992-93, color photograph, 48 x 36 1/4". From “Making History.”

    “Making History: Art and Documentary in Britain from 1929 to Now”

    Tate Liverpool
    Albert Dock
    February 3–April 23, 2006

    Curated by Tanya Barson

    The Tate machine turns itself in stately fashion to confront the prevailing winds: With this chronological survey, it makes a major attempt to historicize current documentary trends. Tate Liverpool's Tanya Barson seeks to establish a continuum between fifty British practitioners, including such disparate figures as John Grierson, Lucian Freud, Gilbert & George, the Berwick Street Film Collective, and Jeremy Deller. The exhibition's broad sweep—it comprises roughly 250 films, television programs, and photographs as well as paintings, works of literature, and other media—is fortified by a catalogue with essays by David Campany, Lynda Morris, and Mark Nash.