Monday, 18 October 2010


The closure of the Ai Weiwei installation attracted lots of press coverage over the weekend, the Independent’s being reasonably balanced. There was also a leading article on the subject.

Today the Guardian prints four letters about the seeds, the dust, and related safety problems – one of them from me. (the Dickinson letter).

Many people will have travelled considerable distances to see Ai Weiwei’s installation. Like them, I’m frustrated that we can’t now experience this piece as the artist had intended. There will be considerable embarrassment at the Tate management about this cock-up (for that is what it is). Nevertheless, I still admire them for being willing to have a go at these difficult things, and I hope they hold their collective nerve and continue to be audacious in their commissions.

Why modern art is a matter of experience.

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