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Joseph Grigely

Barbican Art Gallery

The Barbican’s front area is a typical art-center environment, with various levels leading to different parts of the theater, signs indicating the way to the gallery, the usual restaurants and cafés, a bookshop, vitrines displaying craft goods, and, of course, endless racks of flyers and leaflets advertising forthcoming attractions. It’s inevitable that you pick up a fistful of the promotional material, even if only to leave them lying around the house until they become scrap paper. This time, however, it appeared someone had gotten there first—a pamphlet had been scribbled on and put right back in the rack.

“Another bottle?” The scrawled question defaced an apparent advertisement for the Public Art Development Trust. The flyer was, however, one of several pieces by Joseph Grigely, commissioned by PADT and meant to be encountered in the disinterested manner appropriate to this setting.

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