Ryan Gander: Night in the Museum
Night in the Museum is a new publication from acclaimed British artist Ryan Gander. The book explores the act of viewing, through sculptures, paintings and prints in the Arts Council Collection, the UK’s largest loan collection of postwar British art. Pairing each figurative sculpture with a contemporary artwork, Gander sets up an objective relationship between the "viewing" sculpture and the painting or print that they are gazing at, provoking questions about the role of the artist, the artwork and the viewer. Containing brand new work created by Gander especially for the accompanying exhibition, and a text from Ossian Ward, Night in the Museum provides a unique reflection on the role of looking in contemporary art.
The work of Ryan Gander (born 1976)ranges from installations, sculptures and photographs to performative lectures, publications, inventions and interventions. Gander examines the conditions of art production and the cognitive process of the perception of art. He has won numerous prestigious prizes, including the Zürich Art Prize (2009), the ABN Amro Art Price (2006), the Baloise Art Statements of the Art Basel (2006) and the Dutch Prix de Rome (2003).