Hayward Gallery, 20 February – 20 April 1992
A large-scale international exhibition of contemporary art at the Hayward Gallery was first proposed in 1990. In one of these early proposal, the selectors stated that ‘the artists on whom we want to focus do not represent a movement or a style, but rather a sensibility and a depth of engagement with the vernacular’, and drew attention to the way that the artists they wished to exhibit ‘remained on the cutting edge of contemporary art practice’, while making work that ‘had popular appeal’, could be ‘humorous’ and was often ‘spectacular’.
The 23 artists in Doubletake were: Stephan Balkenhol, Sophie Calle, Saint Claire Cemin, Peter Fischli/David Weiss, Katharina Fritsch, Jeff Koons, Glenn Ligon, Christian Marclay, Julio Galán, Robert Gober, Andreas Gursky, Ann Hamilton, Gary Hill, Jenny Holzer, Narelle Jubelin, Mike Kelley, Jon Kessler, Juan Muñoz, Simon Patterson, Philip Taaffe, Boyd Webb, Tim Rollins + K.O.S. and Rachel Whiteread.
Doubletake spilled out beyond the walls of the Hayward Gallery thanks to a collaboration with the commissioning body Artangel. A number of works were placed along the River Thames between Westminster Bridge and Blackfriars, while others took place on the radio, or in Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall.