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Sam Taylor-Wood White Cube 28th October
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From: Lucie Beech
Category: Exhibitions
Date: 01 November 2004

Review

As I move slowly down the queue of overdressed yet effortessly underdressed Gallery goers I'm leaning in to catch a snippit of peoples conversations on 'Art', I'm trying to remain open minded, as I approach the entire experience of Sam Taylor-Wood and her appearance at the White Cube with so many preconceptions; Videos dripping in the seduction of the transparant high fashion culture that she stands to represent, even the photographic quality of her imagery is reminiscent of a editorial centre fold straight out of glossy fashion mag. As an outsider to the world she exposes, am I meant to fell envious, should I feel jealous that I may never as an artist have the oppertunity to call upon the rich and famous empower an otherwise two dimensional interrogation of authenticity? I stop half way down the winding queue which has transformed into something reminiscent of the queue for a ride as more and more celebrities breeze in and out. Sheltering from the sleeting rain, the words 'yah, yah' are ringing in my ears, the pattering of A list celebrity feet can be heard amongst the embraces and high pitch laughter of those not quite so recogniserbul. Its only when I hear an elabourately dressed woman in the queue declare; 'I think of myself as a facilitator, I enjoy inspiring creative people, talk about art thatís sort of thing. Iím a big fan of her work, I feel it really important to support her. You no, obviously thereís loads of people here tonight, itís a lot to do with the people you no, its to do with the way people turn up, they all look fantastic, itís a really good atmosphere and ummÖI think its really inspiring' thatI decide to call it a night, the beers run out and as for the exhibition, Sam Taylor-Wood has created an experience not disimillar to a night out at China White, The art work however merely skims the surface.

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