Gillian Wearing at the Whitechapel Gallery: Telegraph review

Dancing in Peckham

…While [Damien] Hirst makes brash, ballsy statements about money and death, [Gillian] Wearing, who was a year behind him at Goldsmiths College, produces art with a subtler flavour. Since graduating in 1990, she has worked firmly within the tradition of portraiture, rejuvenating the genre for the modern world.

The first piece in the exhibition is Dancing in Peckham, an early video work from 1994. A kind of self-portrait, it presents Wearing dancing for 25 minutes in a shopping arcade in south London. She looks as if she’s auditioning for one of those iPod adverts featuring silhouetted dancers, though the film predates MP3 players by almost a decade…

via Gillian Wearing, Whitechapel Gallery, review – Telegraph.

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