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Chiharu Shiota

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What was so appealing about the Chiharu Shiota installation A Long Day, 2009, is the way the artist transformed the white cube into something completely unrecognizable. As is usual for her, this Japanese artist from Berlin filled the space by spinning a web of wool yarn that appeared penetrable but in fact took over everything. Behind the tangle of black, you could hear the clicking of computer keyboards and scraps of telephone conversations. The gallery had vanished behind the work. No going forward—that’s where the yarn was—but to retreat would just have meant walking back out of the gallery. You couldn’t help but hope to find a gap amid all the strings, where you might slip through so as to sit down on the chair in the middle of the room, standing beside a table covered with sheets of paper. But Shiota’s woolen web is neither an obstacle course nor a network. She weaves things into her

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