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Fischli & Weiss, The right way, 1983.
A spoonful weighs a ton brings together the work of seven artists. The title of this exhibition, taken from a 1999 Flaming Lips song title, is intended to initiate abstract conversation about weight and density at a moment when contemporary attitudes play down the ‘relative heaviness of art’, concentrating instead on pictorial surfaces and the moving image.
Each of the artworks in this exhibition balances what the artist has to ‘say’—their theme or thesis—with its own total lingering density of presence. This enduring aspect of the work might be phenomenal, or the wait/weight of time or of history, a rational or metaphysical weight, or something of all of these.
Richard Avedon People celebrates the work of American photographer Richard Avedon (1923 to 2004). With work from 1949 to 2002, the exhibition offers an in-depth overview of Avedon’s achievements in the art of black and white portraiture photography. In the show, instantly recognisable and influential artists, celebrities, and political activists including Truman Capote, Elizabeth Taylor, Twiggy, Malcolm X, and Bob Dylan are presented alongside portraits of the unknown or long forgotten. Coming soon, opening 6 December 2014