Walked through The Hoerengracht instillation at the National Gallery (London) yesterday, and was most impressed with the interpretation of the exhibition. Curator Colin Wiggins ties the sculptural work, composed by Ed and Nancy Kienholz in the mid-80s, to visual traditions well established in European art. Unlike a few other exhibitions focused on a single piece, visitors are not overwhelmed by comparative works here. It’s a quick lesson and then into the experience. Well worth popping in if your in London, it’s on view through February 21, 2010.
The above video gives an indication of the feel of walking through the Kienholz vision of Amsterdam’s Red Light District, as well as an introduction to Wiggins interpretation.