Towards the Centre, The Replacement of the Wrestlers as the Centre

Billy Apple, Artist

This is one of the photographs in our collection. It was made in Whanganui City, Whanganui Region, New Zealand in 1979.
Measurements
Photograph/Image -30.5 x 22cm
Matt window/Image and support - 30.5 x 22cm
Frame - 58.5 x 48.5 x 2.5cm
Media
Black and white photograph, paper
Description
Part of Apples 1979/1980 tour of 9 New Zealand galleries called "The Given as an Art-Political Statement". At the Sarjeant the intervention/alteration in the gallery space was to move 'The Wrestlers' from the centre of the dome. Apple said of it –" ‘The Wrestlers’ has gone. Most simply described TOWARDS THE CENTRE is the decision to displace The Wrestlers. As such, its replacement is not part of the work. It is entirely up to the gallery staff, the Council, the public of Wanganui, to decide whether it will return. If it does return, TOWARDS THE CENTRE will go. There is no middle ground. The Gallery has been put on the spot.
This means that as long as ‘The Wrestlers’ are not in the centre of the dome, Apple's work remains intact"

For more information about this exhibition tour and series of work see "Report:The Given as an Art-Political Statement" by Wystan Curnow Art New Zealand No 15 (pub 1980) pp26-33 and 60-61 and 65.
Credit Line
Collection of the Sarjeant Gallery Te Whare o Rehua Whanganui. Purchased with a subsidy from the Q.E.II Arts Council, 1980.
Collection Type
Permanent collection
Acquisition Date
11 Feb 1980

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Accession Number:
1980/3/1