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The Friends of Kettle’s Yard have been given a rare opportunity to visit Richard Wentworth’s Barbican studio in London. Artist, curator and teacher, Wentworth has played a leading role in new British sculpture since the late 1970s. Much of the work he produced in the 1980s greatly influenced a generation of sculptors, not to mention his time teaching the Young British Artists at Goldsmiths (1971–87).
£20, booking required
We will meet at Richard’s studio, transport not provided.
Richard Wentworth, False Ceiling, 1995, books and steel cable, dimensions available
Although adamant that he is not a photographer, yet well known for his 50-year foray known as Making Do and Getting By, Richard Wentworth admits to his impossibly close relationship with the happenstantial.
“Over my year of isolation, I really enjoyed submitting to some of what mass introspection was making so vivid. Being in the de Chirico spaces of familiar towns and cities I realise I have always been a student of ‘incivilities’ – commonplace confrontations wrought by social colliding – the architectures of infinite extemporising.”
In 2002 he realised the Art-angel project An Area of Outstanding Unnatural Beauty, in which for three months he took over a plumbing supply shop near King’s Cross, converting it into a base for visitors to explore and engage with the area.
Richard Wentworth, Aide Memoire, 1991, Steel galvan & painted w/brass & plastic. 51.5x56x32cm, 20 1/4x22x12 5/8in.
Richard Wentworth’s work will be familiar to Kettle’s Yard visitors. In 1998 his national touring exhibition Thinking Aloud, organised by the Hayward Gallery, came to Kettle’s Yard. Thinking Aloud explored the creative process as well as the profligate nature of mass production and consumerism. His work has featured in other Kettle’s Yard exhibitions including The Language of Things (2001) and Upside down / inside out (2009).
Making Do and Getting By by Richard Wentworth and Hans-Ulrich Obrist is published by Koenig.
Major UK solo presentations include: Serpentine Gallery, London (1993), Artangel, London (2002), Tate Liverpool (2005), Whitechapel Gallery, London (2010). Wentworth is represented in London by Lisson Gallery and in New York City by Peter Freeman, Inc.
This event is for the Friends of Kettle’s Yard. If you are not a Friend and would like to join, you can do so here.
Portrait of Richard Wentworth in London, 2013. Photography by Thilo Hoffman.