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  • General Idea, Evidence of Body Binding, 1971, fifteen gelatin silver transparencies mounted in fluorescent light boxes, overall dimensions variable, each element 8 × 12 × 3 3⁄8".

    General Idea, Evidence of Body Binding, 1971, fifteen gelatin silver transparencies mounted in fluorescent light boxes, overall dimensions variable, each element 8 × 12 × 3 3⁄8".

    General Idea

    National Gallery of Canada

    Curated with sensitivity and wit by Adam Welch, this comprehensive survey of General Idea, the largest to date, began in an unexpectedly understated way: Visitors traversed a small octagonal space, whose walls were adorned with a faint pattern in green, orange, and white. It took the viewer a moment of repose to find the titular acronym repeated throughout White AIDS Wallpaper, 1991—its ironic design based on Robert Indiana’s LOVE insignia—and, in the process, (re)consider how that disease affected the many communities and publics in which the collective operated, sometimes through subtle

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