The Empty Club
HC / 112 pages / 26,5 x 16 cm
Published by Artangel
Published on the occasion of a commission Gabriel Orozco did in The Devonshire Club, 50 St James's Street, London (25.06–28.07.1996).
The grand Georgian building at 50 St James's Street was first a gambling den – the home of Crockford's notorious “Temple of Chance” in the 1820s; then until the 1960s, The Devonshire Club, a domain for English gentlemen. 50 St James's lies at the heart of a certain kind of English culture, reserved and powerful. Impeccably refurbished for this new life as a corporate headquarters, 50 St. Jamess's was in a state of waiting, suspended between an emptied-out past and an unknown future.
For his first commission in London, the Mexican artist Gabriel Orozco transformed some of the silent interiors of this once animated building.
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