Richard Wilson

Matt's Gallery / Arnolfini / Museum of Modern Art

Richard Wilson’s sculptures contrive, at their best, to make a show of the space in which one finds them. In the sense that they do focus one’s attention on the particularities of a space, they are site-specific. Yet in most instances, the idea behind them seems quite a mobile one, suggesting that if the piece were executed in any other space it would work just as well. Following a period of three or four years in which his reputation has grown considerably, Wilson’s latest project has involved setting up concurrent exhibitions in London, Bristol, and Oxford.

The London venue, Matt’s Gallery, is a space Wilson has worked in twice before, most notably with his piece 20/50, 1987. On that occasion the entire gallery became a tank which appeared to be filled to waist height with used sump oil. Walking out into the middle of the room by means of a narrow gangway, one could see the upper half of

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