Current Exhibitions and Displays
Artists at Work
3 May 2018 – 15 July 2018
The Drawings Gallery
Artists have long taken pleasure in representing themselves at work, in their studios or academies, out and about in a landscape or recording their own likeness. Immersed in nature, artists are often shown almost lost in the geographical vastness they are recording. Depictions of the artist in the studio are about creative concentration and introspection and, like self-portraits, are reflections on practice and identity. The care taken in recording the studio apparatus of easels, palettes, or assistants grinding pigments, indicates their significance for practitioners. The studio might be the everyday workshop of dirty brushes and sculptural debris, but it is also the place of allegory and myth where artists perform or dream. Through a selection of drawings from the sixteenth to the twentieth century, this exhibition aims to illustrate the range in which artists have represented themselves and others making art.
This exhibition is curated by Deanna Petherbridge, author of The Primacy of Drawing: Histories and Theories of Practice, in collaboration with Anita Viola Sganzerla, and it is accompanied by a catalogue written by these two authors
There Not There
14 June 2018 – 15 July 2018
MA Curating Show
There Not There is an exhibition curated by students of The Courtauld Institute’s MA Curating the Art Museum programme. Bringing together work from twelve contemporary artists, the exhibition explores the ambiguous line between the seemingly opposite notions of absence and presence.
Image Caption: Karl Ohiri, How to Mend a Broken Heart, 2013. Arts Council Collection, Southbank Centre, London © Karl Ohiri, courtesy the artist.
18th Century Venetian Opalescent Glass Bowl
13 June 2018 – 2 September 2018
Illuminating Objects Display
Melisa Leñero, a master’s student in Global Innovation Design at the joint programme at Royal College of Art and Imperial College London, delves into the composition of an 18th Century Venetian opalescent glass bowl. What fascinates her, is that under certain lighting conditions, they can appear reminiscent of bioluminescent organisms.