Passing fairBMJ 1995; 311 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.311.7003.517 (Published 19 August 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;311:517
- Jeremy Hugh Baron
Rites of Passage, the current major show at the Tate Gallery, “sets out in a ritualised way the artists' responses to true experiences of life at the close of the twentieth century.” Some of the 11 artists have biomedical connections. Like Delacroix and Gabo, Joseph Beuys (1921-86) never completed his medical studies but became a professor of monumental sculpture. Four other artists depict the body, its exterior and interior, composition and decomposition. Thus John Coplans shows 51 nude self-photographs, mostly of his external genitalia.
Mona Hatoum was born in 1952 in Beirut. There, from the balcony of her parents' flat, she used to spy on her neighbours with binoculars which she fantasised were magical, stripping the victims of their clothes, their skin, and their flesh. She studied in the Byam Shaw and Slade schools of art and teaches now at the Ecole …