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The Art Newspaper : Reading Prison and its most famous inmate inspire major new project


July 24 2016
Art

Artists including Wolfgang Tillmans, Steve McQueen, Marlene Dumas, and Robert Gober will show new works in Reading Prison as part of a project inspired by its most famous inmate, Oscar Wilde. The Irish playwright was imprisoned in Reading prison, formerly known as Reading Gaol, from 1895 to 1897 for “committing acts of gross indecency with male persons”.

The initiative Inside—Artists and Writers in Reading Prison (4 September-30 October), organised by the non-profit art commissioning body Artangel, will include new paintings by Dumas and new sculptures by Gober who finds “the idea of a prison project compelling”, said James Lingwood, Artangel’s co-director...

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