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About the Work

From 1973 to 1975 I collaborated in running 'The Gallery London' with the artist Nicholas Wegner. I worked first at this venue in September 1973 when I exhibited 'An Indo-Chinese Pun-Sculpture'. We then agreed to run the gallery as a developing artwork when I introduced the concept of 'displays' following my first visit to New York in the summer of 1973. There I saw the 'Kodak Galleries' and I was most impressed by how any real meaning in the exhibits had been completely displaced by first-rate presentation, with no artist to take credit for what I was looking at. As Nicholas had previously run his gallery with invented artists, I now suggested to him that it would be best if he dispensed with artists all together, invented or not. Thus Nicholas asked me to become co-director of The Gallery. We changed its name to 'The Gallery London'. In September 1973 Nicholas and I drove to Cologne to see the 7th Kolner Kunstmarkt. I took photographs of contemporary art dealers and their identical booths. On returning to London we converted our gallery into a replica of one of the booths, a look 'The Gallery London' was to retain for the rest of its existence. We selected some of the photographs I had taken, enlarged and framed them and hung them on the walls. '7th Kolner Kunstmarkt was 'The Gallery London's' first display show. (see also 'Frieze Art Fair' 2006)

″I still use the same approach to my work: I get an idea, think of the title and then make the work. So not much has changed since 1964″

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