Fiona Sinclair considers a heavyweight collection from Michael Rosen and decides that it does not pull any political punches.
This exhibition brings together two artists successful in their own eras. Each works in a different medium yet both are similar in pushing artistic boundaries.
‘Life is a gamble, at terrible odds – if it was a bet you wouldn’t take it’ writes Tom Stoppard in Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead. Turner Contemporary’s exhibition ‘Risk’ attests to this. The Focus is two- fold, dealing with the risky business of living and the nature of art itself as a gamble.
Two things strike in this exhibition: a strong sense of Englishness and a creative link to an artistic heritage as far back as the antique world.
The first thing that struck me and indeed drew me to this collection of short stories was the remarkable front cover designed by Mark Holihan. It has all the elements we associate with Margate: sand, parakeets, and the Victorian sea front.
This is a thought provoking exhibition that aims to go beyond the surface of simply putting faces to the famous names. It suggests an art form that continues to find ways of revealing the self but also reveals the artist as a conduit for all human emotion.
When approached for an idea for an exhibition at Turner Contemporary, guest curator, Brian Dillon, editor of the arts magazine Cabinet, hit upon the concept of ‘curiosity’.