Is this the end of “visual” art?

“Shall I pay my entrance with invisible money?” was my first question at the Hayward Gallery’s box office when I went the other day with a friend and my invisible boyfriend to see the “Invisible” show. Of course the answer was a clear NO, and I had to pay to see an unseen

White rooms, white plinths signed by Andy Warhol or Tom Friedman, white canvases, white papers and so on … even the signage is so clear that you can barely catch it.

The earliest work in the exhibition is a video dated 1957 by the French Yves-Klein, in which the artist stares at a spot on a white wall and makes faces … suddenly the artwork is not invisible any more, and the artist with his humour turns himself into the artwork.

The funniest piece is, in my opinion, the one by Maurizio Cattelan: a framed police report in which the artist describes the invisible artworks stolen from his girlfriend’s car; immediately the non-art piece of paper becomes the artwork itself.

The Air conditioning show consist of a large white room, empty, of course, but for two refrigeration units pumping out cool air; I would suggest a visit only in a warm day of this invisible British Summer.

Present in the show, are also other artists like: Art&language, Yoko Ono, Robert Burry, Chris Burder, Gianni Motti and many more.

The exhibition seems to be an evident comment on conceptual art and  the way one can perceive it. There is no limit to the potential meaning of imperceptible art. You can image everything, you can create your own work of art.

Is this artless? Is this a provocation for the definition of art?

I am wondering what a renaissance citizen would say in this regard. Is this the end of “visual” art or are we just witnessing its ultimate limit?

There are works you can see, other you can only imagine. The exhibition ends with an invisible interactive labyrinth where my friend, my invisible boyfriend (he didn’t pay the entrance!) and I had fun.

I would suggest a visit, if nothing else to see how your imagination is able to fly.

Hayward Gallery: INVISIBLE: Art about the unseen 1957 – 2012 until 5th August 2012



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