The World Turned Upside Down - Buster Keaton, Sculpture and the Absurd

The Mead Gallery, Warwick Arts Centre, Coventry, Coventry, 10/04/2013 - 12/14/2013

University of Warwick


Curated by Simon Faithfull and Ben Roberts, ‘The World Turned Upside Down’ places the work of over twenty international artists working in film, sculpture, installation art and performance in direct relation to Buster Keaton’s films to track a lineage from the melancholic and at times anarchic comedy of Keaton to the dry wit of conceptual practice.

By examining Keaton’s approach to art through making – the processes of failure, risk and repetition – the exhibition also establishes a nuanced presentation of the developmental relationship between slapstick film, sculpture and performance and highlights parallels within modern and contemporary sculptural practice which continue to resonate today.

The exhibition features work of conceptual artists working in film, photography, sculpture, installation art and performance; by historical and contemporary, established and emerging artists. These include Bas Jan Ader, Alexandre da Cunha, Simon Faithfull, Fischli Weiss, Brian Griffiths, Jeppe Hein, Sofia Hultén, William Hunt, Tehching Hsieh, Hayley Newman, Roman Signer, Richard Wentworth, Richard Wilson, John Wood and Paul Harrison.

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Alexandre da Cunha
Brian Griffiths

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