Last Seen Entering the Biltmore

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 (Installation view of 'Last Seen Entering the Biltmore' at the South London Gallery, 2014.)
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Installation view of 'Last Seen Entering the Biltmore' at the South London Gallery, 2014.

Photo: Andy Keate. 

 (Installation view of 'Last Seen Entering the Biltmore' at the South London Gallery, 2014.)
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Installation view of 'Last Seen Entering the Biltmore' at the South London Gallery, 2014.

Photo: Andy Keate. 

 (Installation view of 'Last Seen Entering the Biltmore' at the South London Gallery, 2014.)
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Installation view of 'Last Seen Entering the Biltmore' at the South London Gallery, 2014.

Photo: Andy Keate. 

 (Installation view of 'Last Seen Entering the Biltmore' at the South London Gallery, 2014.)
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Installation view of 'Last Seen Entering the Biltmore' at the South London Gallery, 2014.

Photo: Andy Keate. 

Darius Mikšys ('Art Plays Itself', created by Beth Collar, 2014)
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'Art Plays Itself', created by Beth Collar, 2014

Photo: Andy Keate. Installation view at the South London Gallery, 2014.

Ola Vasiljeva ('Jargot', 2014)
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'Jargot', 2014

Photos by Andy Keate. Installation views at the South London Gallery, 2014.

Barbara Bloom ('The Bedroom 2', 1997)
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'The Bedroom 2', 1997

Photo: Andy Keate. Installation view at the South London Gallery, 2014.

This exhibition takes its title from Gary Indiana’s collection of short fiction, plays and poems printed by Semiotext(e) in 2010. The book’s title was inspired by the unsolved murder of Elisabeth Short, nicknamed the Black Dahlia, who was last seen entering the Los Angeles Biltmore Hotel in 1947. Her gruesome end caused quite a stir in a city devoted to artifice, and it’s this element of pretence and the construction of make-believe scenarios, which this group show explores. From installations to paintings, the nine artists create an environment where our imagination can run wild.

Artists include Richard Artschwager, Barbara Bloom, Guy de Cointet, Richard Healy, Nan Hoover, Allison Katz, William Leavitt, Darius Mikšys, Ola Vasiljeva.

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