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Richard Wentworth, b.1947

Glad That Things Don’t Talk1982

In ‘Glad that Things Don’t Talk’, a rubber over-shoe sits on an oval rubber mat. A lead ball is tethered to the back of the shoe. A small wedge sits under the toe of the shoe and another under the mat. ‘The lead ball has got plenty of gravity in it and in some way most of the things I do enjoy gravity or use it in some way’. Wentworth recalls someone aptly describing the work as ‘the shoe being extrovert and the ball holding it back’ adding, ‘it’s as if it does not quite have the courage to do something, which is a common human condition, where you think of doing something but didn’t quite make the move’. The title ‘Glad That Things Don’t Talk’ relates to the works possible narrative interpretation, which Wentworth is keen to avoid.

MediumZinc, rubber, cable, lead
Dimensions34 x 68 x 33 cm
Credit LineIMMA Collection: Loan, Weltkunst Foundation, 1994
Item NumberL.573 LW
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Richard Wentworth, Glad That Things Don’t Talk, 1982, Zinc, rubber, cable, lead, 34 x 68 x 33 cm, Collection Irish Museum of Modern Art, Loan, Weltkunst Foundation, 1994

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About the Artist

Richard Wentworth b.1947

British sculptor Richard Wentworth attended Hornsey College of Art and the Royal College of Art. Experimenting with a diverse range of materials and procedures, Wentworth manipulates and juxtaposes every-day, often disregarded objects to create sculptures that play with scale, gravity, ordinariness and language. Wentworth has exhibited extensively since the 1970s. He taught at Goldsmith’s College, London, from 1971 to 1987. His work was the subject of a major solo exhibition at Tate Liverpool in 2005. — View Artist »