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  • Mark Wallinger, Oxymoron, 1997, flag, dimensions variable.

    Mark Wallinger

    Kunstverein Braunschweig
    Haus Salve Hospes Lessingplatz 12
    September 1 - November 10

    Curated by Janneke de Vries

    Despite representing Britain at the Venice Biennale in 2001 and having been nominated twice for the Turner Prize—in 1995 and this year—Mark Wallinger remains a somewhat mercurial figure in British art. As this retrospective should reveal, Wallinger has never settled comfortably into the mold of a sensationalist Young British Artist—a facile rubric to which he does not himself subscribe. Using occasionally blunt aesthetic strategies with often subtle—even elusive—intent, Wallinger has to the contrary developed a truly complex oeuvre that actively resists categorization. Bringing together some fifteen works of film, video, photography, sculpture, and installation from 1996 to the present, curator Janneke de Vries will trace Wallinger’s idiosyncratic exploration into both the politics and the poetics of British life as the UK comes to terms with its social realities. This show, with its accompanying monograph, should help bring one of Britain’s shrewdest cultural commentators into focus.