Whitechapel Gallery, London

Posted on July 10, 2013



On a stopover in London, on way back to Australia, I only managed to squeeze in a couple of culture moments amidst the farewells. One was the V&A museum of Childhood in Bethnall Green, and the other was the Whitechapel Gallery, an old favourite from my time living in London. The major exhibition, The Spirit of Utopia, was excellent, including work I had seen before at Documenta as well as some really interesting participatory installation/performance. I was most struck however by the small exhibit in the archive room, showing British vernacular art from the curator and artist, Barbara Jones. The artifacts documenting her Whitechapel show of 1951 completely fascinated me and I have felt compelled to think about her demarcations between high and popular art further.