‘A Handful of Dust’ is a speculative history of the 20th century, tracing a visual journey through the imagery of dust from aerial reconnaissance, wartime destruction and natural disasters to urban decay, domestic dirt and forensics. The exhibition features works by over 30 artists and photographers including Marcel Duchamp, Walker Evans, Mona Kuhn, Man Ray, and Gerhard Richter, alongside magazine spreads, press photos, postcards and film clips. Conceived by writer and curator David Campany, the exhibition takes as a starting point the 1920 photograph taken by American artist Man Ray of Marcel Duchamp’s work in progress The Large Glass (1915–23) deliberately left to gather dust in his New York studio. Find out more about the ‘Handful of Dust’ exhibition from the Whitechapel Gallery’s website.
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