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27 September 2008 – 16 November 2008

Conversation is a recurring theme at Kettle’s Yard, and this exhibition brings together some thirty living and long gone artists, a piece of furniture, a musical score, and some 19th century Indian spells in pairs that highlight the different ways in which artworks and objects speak to one another.

In each of the fifteen pairs on show, one artist was asked to select another artist’s work or an object to strike up a conversation with. Rachel Whiteread chose Robert Burns’ breakfast table; James Hugonin chose the work of composer Howard Skempton.

These pairings offer fresh insight into the practices of a diverse assembly of artists, and different ways of thinking about their work. They were first shown as a series of exhibitions at the Ingleby Gallery, Edinburgh.

Roger Ackling • Richard Long
Cornelia Parker • Marcel Broodthaers
Rachel Whiteread • Robert Burns’ breakfast table
Ceal Floyer • Dan Flavin
Sean Scully • Alberto Giacometti
Alexander Gorlizki • Indian Spells (anon, C19th)
Ian Hamilton Finlay • Cerith Wyn Evans
Howard Hodgkin • Edgar Degas
James Hugonin • Howard Skempton
Peter Liversidge • Fischli + Weiss
David Austen • Man Ray
Jonathan Monk • Keith Arnatt
Richard Serra • Francesca Woodman
David Batchelor • Nikolai Suetin
Callum Innes • Hiroshi Sugimoto

*For further information about all the exhibitions in the series, please visit