Thursday 24 January 2008

Print the Legend, The Myth if the West | The Fruitmarket Gallery

Print the Legend The Myth of the West
Exhibition 1 March ­ 4 May 2008

The Fruitmarket Gallery¹s major spring exhibition is a group show which
presents a selection of northern European sculpture, photography,
installation and film in the context of the western and its role in the
creation of the myth of the American West. Curated by art historian,
lecturer, writer and the editor of Art Monthly Patricia Bickers, the
exhibition has its origins in her long-standing fascination for westerns
takes its title from the final scene of the film The Man Who Shot Liberty
Valance: OSir, this is the West. When the legend becomes fact, print the
legend¹. Arguing that the western is a key component in the construction of
the myth of the American West, and that this myth is as politically and
culturally relevant now as it has ever been, Bickers uses the western as a
lens through which to look at work by Adam Chodzko, Peter Granser, Douglas
Gordon, Isaac Julien, Mike Nelson, Cornelia Parker, Simon Patterson, Salla
Tykkä and Gillian Wearing.

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