Mark Wallinger Curates: The Russian Linesman

18 Jul 2009 – 20 Sep 2009

Glynn Vivian Art Gallery

Swansea, United Kingdom


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Mark Wallinger is one of Britain's most intellectually curious, socially committed and unpredictable artists. Mark Wallinger's exhibition for Hayward Touring will be concerned with the liminal, a concept with physical, political and metaphysical meanings. It signifies the dissolution of boundaries and fixed identities, and is associated with rituals and rites of passage, transitional states characterised by ambiguity, openness and indeterminacy, during which the normal limits to thought, self-understanding and behaviour are relaxed, opening the way to something new. Where necessary the artist will show his own work, along with objects that fit the manifesto - whether they are aesthetic, scientific, political and social or anthropological. Football is the unlikely starting point for this group exhibition. The Russian Linesman of the show's title refers to the referee who called a controversial line decision in the 1966 World Cup final between England and Germany. In taking this as his starting point, Wallinger examines how boundaries and our perceptions can shift. This exhibition is the latest in a series of Hayward exhibitions where artists are invited to curate exhibitions opening up new and unexpected approaches to exhibition-making, as well as giving special insights into the artist's own deeper preoccupations. Artists who have curated past projects include Michael Craig-Martin, Richard Wentworth, Susan Hiller and Tacita Dean.


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