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Richard Wentworth is a chronicler of daily life, who – since the 1970s, has played a leading role in British sculpture, isolating the formal and sculptural qualities of everyday objects. His enormous archive of photographs, Making Do and Getting By (1974 onwards), captures the provisional ways in which people modify their local environment. Wentworth captures the surprisingly aesthetic qualities of surfaces and materials that are at the edge of our field of vision, or literally underfoot. The title of this work – which has recently been added to the British Council Collection – refers to the notes and doodles made by readers in the margins of a text; it celebrates the abstract geometrical design of a cracked café floor;
A professor at the Royal College of Art, Wentworth has a distinguished exhibition record, including the Venice Biennale, a major retrospective at Tate Liverpool in 2005 and numerous solo shows at London’s Lisson Gallery, Serpentine Gallery, Arnolfini, Bristol, Kettle’s Yard Cambridge and the Stedelijk Museum. He has made many important public works including a major installation commissioned by Artangel at King’s Cross, London; and as part of the Folkstone Triennial. His work is held in numerous public collections including Tate, Arts Council England, Collection Sol Lewitt USA; Israel Museum, Jerusalem; Centro Cultural Arte Contemporaneo, Mexico and Auckland City Art Gallery, New Zealand.
Wentworth is represented by Lisson Gallery, London.