James Bridle, Drone Shadow, 2017. Vinyl with Neschen dot adhesive, installation view. From “Age of Ter ror.”

“Age of Terror: Art since 9/11”


Imperial War Museum

In order to reach the Imperial War Museum’s landmark “Age of Terror” exhibition, you had to negotiate its astonishing atrium, complete with a suspended jet plane and rocket. Underfoot, James Bridle’s Drone Shadow lurked as a white outline on the floor. IWM has commissioned contemporary artists to go to war zones since its founding 100 years ago. Its collections include 20,000 works of art, in addition to thousands of war-related artifacts that combine a big-picture view with intimate personal stories. Contemporary art curator Sanna Moore assembled a provocative exhibition of post-9/11 works—the museum’s largest-ever contemporary art show—including a stunning low relief sculpture commissioned from Kurdish-Iraqi artist Walid Siti. The first section was devoted to the destruction of the Twin Towers and what followed on the ground. A long, narrow gallery featured frontpage headlines from around the …see the entire review in the print version of May’s Sculpture magazine.