Gerard Byrne - A State of Neutral Pleasure
Opens: 17/01/2013 Closes: 08/03/2013 Whitechapel Gallery, London.Play fly on the wall to a discussion about orgasms between André Breton, Jacques Prevert and Yves Tanguy (which actually took place), restaged by Gerard Byrne in the style of a bad TV show - the first UK retrospective for the Irish artist features this among other films and photographic series which revisit the history of ideas. For more information visit: http://www.whitechapelgallery.org/exhibitions/gerard-byrne Buy: http://www.whitechapelgallery.org/visit/opening-times
Guardian“There's much more to Byrne than a parodic deconstruction of masculinity...” Byrne is trying to capture something real: something to do with measuring time, how the past persists, how the new becomes old. He's trying to make it new again, or at least to see things afresh...
Evening Standard“Adds up to a fascinating, absorbing show...” This could all be self-indulgent, but both installations are compelling. The minimalist video reflects the austere beauty of Judd’s wooden cubic box and Flavin’s fluorescent lights while highlighting a certain absurdity in the love bestowed on it
The Independent“These films deserve to be watched in their entirety...” Byrne is seeking a Brechtian alienation effect. This is most successful in New sexual lifestyles (2003), a re-enactment of a 1973 conversation that took place between prominent figures of the sexual revolution for Playboy magazine...
The Observer“The Whitechapel show is rich and stimulating...” ts central idea may be simple – viewing (or reviewing) the past in the present – but it is played out in subtly different ways. They don't all come off, but when they do the result is as involving as anything you will see on video...
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