Stuart Middleton Beat

An empty gallery becomes a exercise in absurdism, says Ben Eastham

By Ben Eastham

Stuart Middleton, Beat, 2017, installation view. Image: courtesy ICA, London

Institute of Contemporary Arts, London, 6 May – 2 JulyWhen Martin Creed’s Work No. 227: The lights going on and off was nominated for the 2001 Turner Prize, one member of the public registered her disgust by launching a volley of eggs against the white walls of the Tate Britain gallery in which it was installed. Stuart Middleton’s exhibition at the ICA preempts even such a futile protest by dematerialising not only the work of art but also the institutional…

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