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The Object of the Attack. A Series of Interventions on Interpretative Strategies (2 Oct — 19 Dec 2009)

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A project with works and interventions by Katinka Bock*, Ulla van Brandenburg*, Miriam Cahn*, Stefano Calligaro, Sidsel Christensen & Ben Judd, George Condo*, Hans-Peter Feldmann*, Five Storey Project, Cyprien Gaillard*, Justin Gainan, Clare Gasson, Graham Gussin & Jeremy Millar, Pierre Huyghe, Chosil Kil, Lars Laumann*, Maria Loboda, George Henry Longly*, Benoît Maire*, Marc Manders*, Patrizio di Massimo, Roman Ondak*, Eduardo Paolozzi*, Seb Patane, Falke Pisano*, Reto Pulfer, Alexandre Singh, Jack Strange, Adam Thompson, Joshua Thorpe, Charlotte Warne Thomas, Westminster University, Ian Wilson (* indicates works from the collection)

Running parallel to the exhibition Sculpture of The Space Age, The Object of the Attack is a series of footnotes and infiltrations. Deliberately reacting against a linear approach to interpretation, The Object of the Attack will work as an echo chamber to the main exhibition and raise multiple questions about art production and curatorial engagement, translations and communication, avoiding any fixed answers. Artists have been invited to contribute to a collective and evolving conversation. The space will be constantly re-installed over the Autumn, hosting every week a new intervention, performance, artwork, sound piece, discussion, etc. The interventions will have different durations: some will last five minutes, other will stay for three months.

The set of the gallery will reflect this process, providing a space where the audience will be encouraged to have a more active and creative role. Artists Reto Pulfer and Patrizio di Massimo will create, one after the other, a different interpretation of what this space can be. For the final week, the space will consist of an installation by Roman Ondak. The David Roberts Art Foundation has also collaborated with Westminster University and the curatorial group 5 Storey Projects who will present discussions, screenings and interventions during November and December.

The Object of the Attack will aim at reconsidering the way institutions propose educational or interpretative strategies. Not an exhibition, not an interpretation space, the project is a fluid experiment that escapes any definition. The project is curated by Vincent Honoré, Director, David Roberts Art Foundation, in collaboration with assistant curators Sandra Pusterhofer and Gaia Tedone.

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  • Eduardo Paolozzi
BUNK! - The Dynamics of Biology, 1972
David Roberts Collection, London.
    1/13Eduardo Paolozzi BUNK! - The Dynamics of Biology, 1972 David Roberts Collection, London.
  • Yayoi Kusama
Dots Obsession Tobas, 2006. 
Acrylic on canvas
David Roberts Collection, London.
    2/13Yayoi Kusama Dots Obsession Tobas, 2006. Acrylic on canvas David Roberts Collection, London.
  • Exhibition View.
Eduardo Paolozzi
Bunk, 1972
Mixed media on Paper
David Roberts Collection, London.
    3/13Exhibition View. Eduardo Paolozzi Bunk, 1972 Mixed media on Paper David Roberts Collection, London.
  • Exhibition View. 
George Condo, Couple on Matress, 2005; Oil on canvas
David Roberts Collection, London.
    4/13Exhibition View. George Condo, Couple on Matress, 2005; Oil on canvas David Roberts Collection, London.
  • Miriam Cahn, 
'Lesen in Staub', 1986. 
Black & white, sound. Series of 3 videos. 
Courtesy the artist and Jocelyn Wolff, Paris.
    5/13Miriam Cahn, 'Lesen in Staub', 1986. Black & white, sound. Series of 3 videos. Courtesy the artist and Jocelyn Wolff, Paris.
  • Eduardo Paolozzi
Bunk, 1972
Mixed media on Paper
David Roberts Collection, London.
    6/13Eduardo Paolozzi Bunk, 1972 Mixed media on Paper David Roberts Collection, London.
  • Exhibition View. 
George Condo, Couple on Matress, 2005, Oil on canvas
David Roberts Collection, London.
    7/13Exhibition View. George Condo, Couple on Matress, 2005, Oil on canvas David Roberts Collection, London.
  • Exhibition View. 
Reto Pulfer
Courtesy Balice Hertling, Paris.
    8/13Exhibition View. Reto Pulfer Courtesy Balice Hertling, Paris.
  • Exhibition View. 
Reto Pulfer
Courtesy Balice Hertling, Paris.
    9/13Exhibition View. Reto Pulfer Courtesy Balice Hertling, Paris.
  • Miriam Cahn
Mit Kind Flüchten, 2007/2008
Oil on Canvas
David Roberts Collection, London.
    10/13Miriam Cahn Mit Kind Flüchten, 2007/2008 Oil on Canvas David Roberts Collection, London.
  • Exhibition View.
    11/13Exhibition View.
  • Jeremy Millar and Graham Gussin
    12/13Jeremy Millar and Graham Gussin
  • Hans-Peter Feldmann
Untitled, 2008
Found painting and oil on canvas
David Roberts Collection
    13/13Hans-Peter Feldmann Untitled, 2008 Found painting and oil on canvas David Roberts Collection