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State of the Art: Exhibition and book

Review relating to an exhibition, 1987
Published by: The Burlington Magazine
Year published: 1987

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Title: State of the Art: Exhibition and book. London. ICA Gallery
Author: Tony Godfrey
Source: The Burlington Magazine, vol 129, No1008 (March 1987) pp.197-98
Article contains 3 images with the following credits: Detail from Deutschland, Deutschland, by Carlo Maria Mariani; Electric Painting, by Jàrg Immendorf. acrylic on canvas 85x397cm; We don’t need another hero, by Barbara Kruger. Hammersmith Broadway, London.

Largely critical review (in particular of the exhibition) - review acknowledges that there is a book and television element to the entire project. The author describes the exhibition as “a jumble” and that “without the continuity of the TV programmes or the book, one struggles to make interesting connections between the works.” Another point made by the author is that the exhibition presents mainly painting and photography at the expense of sculpture, video, performance and installation.”The prevailing tone of the exhibition is one of worthiness. It is a point that must be elaborated but there is a unifying view here which is, roughly speaking, that of the artist as social worker.”



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