The Tate gallery in London in 1972 bought a sculpture by a minimalist artist from America by the name of Carl Andre, called Equivalent Age.
It was constructed in 1966, and consisted of 125 bricks, when laid out, as per the instructions, it made a two brick deep rectangle.
When the Tate displayed the work, it proved extremely controversial, there wasn’t anything special about the bricks, they could’ve been bought by anyone for a few pence each, the Tate paid over £2000.
The press of the day went crazy, a waste of money, a waste of a tax payers money was what they said.
About 30 years later, the Tate bought another unusual artwork, this time it was a line of people.
Actually, not a line of people, more precisely and artists instructions of how to line some people up, in this case actors.
Roman Onvak from Slovakia was the artist, and the idea was that the actors would create a queue outside a doorway or inside an exhibition, once there or once they were ‘installed’, they were to adopt an air of patient expectation, as if waiting for something to happen.
Their situation would attract passers-by who would be intrigued and either join the queue or perhaps walk along side, eyebrows furrowed with a quizzical mind, wondering what they’re missing.
A fascinating notion, but is it art?
Much thanks to Will Gompertz’s book What Are You Looking At….some of the blog is directly taken from this fantastic book.