reviews

  • “Live In Your Head: Concept And Experiment In Britain, 1965–75”

    Whitechapel Gallery

    Was there a British Conceptualism? Previous surveys of this development have mapped a cross-Atlantic phenomenon; more recently, “Global Conceptualism” made the case for a worldwide tendency. Current retrospective exhibits of Sol LeWitt, Martha Rosler, and Cildo Meireles have instead focused on the work of a single practitioner. Neither global nor monographic in approach, “Live in Your Head” examined the local context of Britain in the ’60s and ’70s. Inured to all the buzz surrounding Young British Art, the Turner Prize, Tate Modern, etc., one could easily wonder whether Conceptualism itself was

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  • Darrell Viner

    Cafegallery

    Pebble-dash outside, bare roughcast and whitewash within, the 1886 mission church that houses Darrell Viner’s site-specific installation Eight Times Three, 2000, combines the spare elegance of an early Christian basilica with the utilitarian grottiness of a public lavatory. Viner’s catalogue statement wryly labels it a “bunker”: group headquarters for crack teams of Victorian evangelists hell-bent on saving the heathen souls of Bermondsey. A pioneering example of reinforced concrete construction, the mission sits on a giant raft of concrete, an abandoned ark implausibly floating on a sea of soft

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