Not Without My Ghosts: The Artist As Medium

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Not Without My Ghosts: The Artist As Medium

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Not Without My Ghosts: The Artist As Medium
to Sun 1 Nov 2020
Wed-Sun noon-6pm (Thu until 8pm) with advance booking

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Drawing Room and Hayward Gallery Touring present ​Not Without My Ghosts: The Artist As Medium,​ a major exhibition of artists and works inspired by mediumistic methodologies and their deep cultural history.

Artworks

The Spiritual Crown of Annie Mary Howitt Watts, 1867

Watercolour on paper on board
33 x 23 cm
Courtesy georgianahoughton.com

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Dessin médianimique, March 1909, 1909

Graphite and colour crayon on paper
21.4 x 27.2 cm
Private Collection. Courtesy Galerie 1900-2000, Paris

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The Torment of Tantalus, 1938

Watercolour on paper
27.5 x 38 cm
Private Collection. Courtesy Galerie 1900-2000, Paris

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Album Page XIV, c. 1860s

© Bethlem Museum of the Mind

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Dentelles et Spectres / Laces and Ghosts, 1855-1856

Charcoal, brown ink on paper
5.8 x 6.7 cm
Private Collection, Vienna

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Octagonal Drawing, 1976

Ink on paper
55.6 x 56 cm
Courtesy the artist, photo: Ben Westoby

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Blue oval drawing, 1975

Ink on paper
55.6 x 42.8 cm
Courtesy the artist. Photo: David Bebber

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Untitled (undated),

Crayon gras on paper
24.5 x 34.5 cm
Private Collection. Courtesy Galerie 1900-2000, Paris

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GL 28 (Emotional Soup), 2016

Pencil, crayon, and ink felt pen on archival paper
29.5 cm x 21 cm
Courtesy the artist

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GL 28 (Naivete), 2016

Pen, China ink and felt pen on archival paper
29.5 x 21 cm
Courtesy the artist

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A Stellar Key to the Summerland, 2007

Ink on drawings
21 x 29.7 cm
Courtesy the artist and Maureen Paley Gallery

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Bringing together more than 30 international artists from the 19th century to the present day, it explores the changing historical and aesthetic terms of artistic engagement with mediumship, from perceived spiritual inspiration and creation during séances and trances, to practices of automatism, channelling, and paranormal investigation, whilst also considering clairvoyant practices in relation to the history of feminism.

The exhibition takes as its starting point the visionary work of William Blake and the largely forgotten Victorian spirit artists Georgiana Houghton, Anna Mary Howitt and Barbara Honywood, whose work based on experiences and communication with the world of the spirits was strikingly at odds with prevailing traditions of artistic expression. The exhibition progresses onto Surrealist experiments with automatism, and moves through the 20th Century where work by artists Austin Osman Spare, Ithell Colquhoun and Cameron draws on techniques of automatism combined with an interest in ritualised forms of occultism. Concluding with works from artists such as Suzanne Treister, Bonnie Camplin, Lea Porsager and Louise Despont, ​Not Without My Ghosts d​emonstrates how contemporary artists are using the power of the unseen and the ghostly to explore the radical ambiguities of the world around them.

Participating artists a​re:​ William Blake; Cameron; Bonnie Camplin; Ann Churchill; Ithell Colquhoun; Louise Despont; Casimiro Domingo; Madame Fondrillon; Chiara Fumai; Madge Gill, Susan Hiller; Barbara Honywood; Georgiana Houghton; Anna Mary Howitt; Victor Hugo; Augustin Lesage; Pia Lindman; Ann Lislegaard; André Masson; Grace Pailthorpe; František Jaroslav Pecka; Olivia Plender; Sigmar Polke; Lea Porsager; Austin Osman Spare; Yves Tanguy ​and​ Suzanne Treister​ with ​The Museum of Blackhole Spacetime Collective.

Noviadi Angkasapura; Robert Barry; Vidya Gastaldon; Jock Macdonald and Emma Talbot will be included in the exhibition tour.

Not Without My Ghosts: The Artist As Medium is a Hayward Gallery Touring exhibition from Southbank Centre, London, developed in partnership with Drawing Room, curated by Lars Bang Larsen, Simon Grant and Marco Pasi. It will travel to Blackpool, Sheffield and Swansea later in the year.

Georgiana Houghton, The Spiritual Crown of Annie Mary Howitt Watts, 1867. Watercolour on paper on board, 33 x 23 cm. Courtesy georgianahoughton.com

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