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Jonathan Miles Global Routes 1976 Cv var archive



65a Lisson Street, London NW1, was two floors let in September 1972 for £12 a week to two part-time teachers and a technical draftsman by Mr Sherwin of Nymic Baby Panties Ltd located on the ground floor. In January 1973 Slade graduate Nicholas Wegner converted the first floor front to a showroom he called The Gallery. A spate of short-stop shows attracted art world attention, which satirised current tendencies of Performance, Body, Land and Theoretical art, culminating in the conceptual section of 'Summer Studio' at the ICA in July 1973, where he presented twelve invented artists played by student friends.

In October 1973 following fellow Slade graduate Vaughan Grylls' exhibition at The Gallery: 'An Indo-Chinese Punsculpture', a large photo-mural commemorating the signing of the Vietnam War Treaty, Wegner and Grylls visited the 7th Cologne Art Fair and produced an instant photo- review of the event. A partnership was formed in December which developed The Gallery London Displays through 1974-75; a modular system of photo-stands and wall-based units which explored social- documentary and political subjects (Drug Abuse In Maine, Mine, Contemporary Art, Belfast In Art). In 1974-75 the partners invited other artists to collaborate in specially conceived works (John Latham, Gerald Newman, Rita Donagh. Grylls left The Gallery in 1975 to concentrate on his own work. Beyond this there were solo exhibitions by Stephen Willats, Tony Rothon, John Latham and Jonathan Miles. The Gallery returned to a private studio in February 1977 when it became a news monitor room for a year. Some sporadic events (Badspeke, Kit Kat-Union Jack) marked the final months of occupation until removal from the premises in July 1978.

Records of The Gallery are held in Cv/Visual Arts Research Archive


John Latham Erth 1975 Cv var archive


Penny Hawkins with The Blank Sculpture 1972 Cv var archive