London, White Cube


This is Sam Taylor-Wood's first show with White Cube for four years, so it's generating much excitement. The British artist is presenting a series of photographs titled "Ghosts", based on Emily Brontë's "Wuthering Heights". Shot in Yorkshire, they depict a bleak landscape that is a metaphor for the novel's themes of thwarted love. One image depicts two leafless trees that supposedly represent Cathy and Heathcliffe. Taylor-Wood is also presenting an eight-screen installation titled "Sigh". Shot in a dark, dingy studio, it shows a small orchestra dressed in everyday clothes miming the movements of playing musical instruments and features a specially commissioned score. Watching the musicians making sawing and blowing actions instead of playing on their cellos or clarinets makes the music sound disembodied. According to the artist, the piece is about "loss, a voice being taken away," relating to her divorce from Jay Jopling, the White Cube's owner.

In nearby Covent Garden, Taylor-Wood is showing two more bodies of new work. One is "After Dark", a series of photographs of clowns in rundown, post-industrial environments. There's also a group of self-portraits titled "Escape Artist", which follows on from her "Suspended" series. In one of them, Taylor-Wood is bending over and rising into the air, with multi-colored balloons attached to her back. Her hair is falling over her face, as if she is escaping from her celebrity status.

October 24, 2008, through November 29, 2008
25-26 Mason's Yard
St James's
London SW1Y 6BU
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No.1 The Piazza
Covent Garden
London WC2E 8HA