Wednesday, 28 January 2009
Fair weather - The Whitechapel Gallery
There are welcome signs that work to The Whitechapel Gallery is nearing an end. The Gallery is set to reopen in April this year after a major refurbishment merging it internally with its historic neighbour, the former Whitechapel Library. A large gilded weather vane, designed by Canadian artist Rodney Graham, who exhibited at The Whitechapel himself in 2002, has already been erected above the site. Realised from his 2005 photographic study Allegory of Folly: Study for an Equestrian Monument in the form of a Wind Vane, the figure of Erasmus sits reading a thick tome astride a trotting horse, facing not its head, however, but its rump. A comment on the future of education and the current plight of the Cass School of Art just across the road?