Art (and love) on the Central Line
By The Art Newspaper. From In The Frame
Published online: 18 May 2012
Commuters on their daily slog on the London Underground can savour yet another intriguing work of art on the Tube courtesy of artist Bob and Roberta Smith and creative film director Tim Newton. Who is Community? - a short film and series of paintings on show at Stratford Station - depicts a fictional meeting and romantic encounter on the Central line between the founder of the modern Olympic Games, Pierre de Coubertin, and German political theorist Hannah Arendt. "I want to explore why public space, like the Underground, and public celebrations, like the Olympics, are romantic, exciting and important to democratic life," quips Bob. But what will hard-nosed Tube passengers make of this unlikely pairing?
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