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27 September - 16 November 2008

Conversation is a recurring theme at Kettle’s Yard. This exhibition brought together some thirty living and long gone artists, a piece of furniture, a musical score, and some 19th century Indian spells in pairs that highlighted the different ways in which artworks and objects speak to one another.

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In each of the fifteen pairs on show, one artist was asked to select another artists’ work or an object to strike up a conversation with. Rachel Whiteread chose Robert Burns’ breakfast table; James Hugonin chose the work of composer Howard Skempton.

These pairings offer fresh insight into the practices of a diverse assembly of artists, and different ways of thinking about their work. They were first shown as a series of exhibitions at the Ingleby Gallery, Edinburgh. 


Roger Ackling • Richard Long
Cornelia Parker • Marcel Broodthaers
Rachel Whiteread • Robert Burns’ breakfast table
Ceal Floyer • Dan Flavin
Sean Scully • Alberto Giacometti
Alexander Gorlizki • Indian Spells (anon, C19th)
Ian Hamilton Finlay • Cerith Wyn Evans
Howard Hodgkin • Edgar Degas
James Hugonin • Howard Skempton
Peter Liversidge • Fischli + Weiss
David Austen • Man Ray
Jonathan Monk • Keith Arnatt
Richard Serra • Francesca Woodman
David Batchelor • Nikolai Suetin
Callum Innes • Hiroshi Sugimoto

*For further information about all the exhibitions in the series, please visit