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Terry Smith - Capital, 1995.

Site-specific installation at the British Museum co-curated with Calum Storrie.

Terry Smith was invited to create a site-specific work in one of the Museum's major galleries which was undergoing refurbishment, in the course of which a vast expanse of wall would be replastered; this prospect offered him the opportunity to create an ephemeral relief drawing occupying the entire length of the gallery. This task involved chipping away the existing plaster surface with a chisel to reveal the brickwork beneath, and Smith chose to depict the Museum's principal architectural motif, the Ionic capital. He also drew inspiration from the fact that Karl Marx had written 'Das Capital' in the famous round reading room at the British Museum.

Terry Smith - Capital, 1995
Terry Smith - Capital, 1995 (work in progress with artist)

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