Hayward Gallery, 9 April – 15 June 1986
The exhibition was selected by Barry Barker, then the Director of the John Hansard Gallery in Southampton, and Jon Thompson, then a lecturer at Goldsmiths College, London. It was the first Hayward Annual to include the work of European artists, and was also the first major international group show at the Hayward Gallery since Pier + Ocean, in 1980.
In the exhibition’s introduction and guide, the selectors discuss the title, which was taken from a line in the TS Eliot poem ‘The Hollow Men’. They explain that for them, this line and the poem from which it comes ‘vividly expresses the complexity of relationships which bring a work of art into being and shape its reception.’