Ian Davenport, Gary Hume, Michael Landy

Karsten Schubert

Ian Davenport, Gary Hume, and Michael Landy are three of the artists who took part in the recent “Freeze” exhibition in London’s Surrey Docks. The show was organized by the participating artists and housed in vacant warehouse space. Because the building was otherwise unoccupied and outside the normal art circuit, the artists were able to keep the show open for as long as it took to sell all the work and cajole the requisite dealers into taking a look. As is usual in London, no one was prepared to show much interest until Americans started making noises, at which point it seemed as though everyone fell over themselves to grab whatever morsel of the action they could. The work here displayed a renewed concern for the broader political issues within and around art practice. As such, the ’60s seemed to burst out all over the show, although not in any very coherent way. As a result of such

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