Exhibit A (art exhibition)

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Cover of Exhibit "A" catalogue, designed by the late Tony Arefin showing "sealed evidence" wrapper.

Exhibit A is the title of an art exhibition that was on display in the galleries of the Serpentine Gallery, London, from May 7—June 7, 1992.

Theme and content[edit]

The eight artists whose work was showcased were selected by curator Henry Bond for their ongoing interest in the exhibition's key theme: art exploring perceptions of evidential fact particularly in the context of the crime scene.[1] The art historian Ian Jeffrey wrote,

It is the opposite, Exhibit A, to a sensational exhibition, and crystallises a turning in the art world away from the egotistical mode towards impersonality. The egotistical, it admits, is a delusion ... its premises are anonymous, fluent, vertiginous, wary of values. Anything else would emerge as a cliché ... it is, in fact, a properly phenomenological exhibition, one which refuses to differentiate between subject and object, between perception and the moments and occasions of perception.[2]

One of the works on view was a slide-installation, shown in a darkened room, by artist Mat Collishaw, which presented the viewer with a rapid-fire sequence of stills of Jodie Foster dancing as she appeared in the "rape scene", in Jonathan Kaplan's 1988 movie The Accused.[3]

Exhibited artists[edit]


  1. ^ Andrea Schlieker, "Preface." In Bond and Schlieker (ed.) Exhibit A (London, Serpentine Gallery, 1992), p. 8.
  2. ^ Ian Jeffrey, "Exhibit A and the Everyday." In Henry Bond and Andrea Schlieker (ed.) Exhibit A (London: Serpentine Gallery, 1992).
  3. ^ Kate Bush, “Exhibit A,” Art Monthly, June 1992, p.15-16.

Review literature[edit]

  • Sarah Kent, “Exhibit A,” Time Out, London, No. 1135.
  • Charles Hall, “Exhibit A,” Arts Review, June 1992.
  • Kate Bush, “Exhibit A,” Art Monthly, June 1992, p. 15-16.

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