The Prospect Reading Group is now an official slice of the history of the Whitechapel Gallery. The group became a live installation when 10 of us sat down recently at the large roundtable placed in the middle of the Goschka Macuga show ‘The Nature of the Beast’. We were there to discuss the exhibition and the book, Guernica: The Biography of a Twentieth-Century Icon by Gijs van Hensbergen. The group doesn’t normally hold its discussions in such a public way, but plans had already been made to visit the exhibition when the table – which turned out to be explicitly set up to encourage such discussions – presented itself as an interesting experiment. As a condition of its use, the group must send the gallery notes of our meeting, for inclusion in its archive. On this occasion the discussion was joined by Hilly Janes, the new executive editor of Prospect.
Talking pictures, reading Guernica
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