Play What's Not There

17 April to 22 June 2014

Works by Steven Campbell, Edward Krasinski, Linder, Bruce Nauman, Robert Whitman, Katharina Wulff and Cerith Wyn Evans

 

Curated by Michael Bracewell

 

Taking its title from an exhortation made by Miles Davis to his musicians, this exhibition identifies occasions in art when the seductions of consummate style or cleverness are sacrificed to gain access to a greater artistic, philosophical or spiritual reality. Such attainment may be achieved in varied ways: by invoking states of invisibility or self-negation, by the assumption of a mythic identity, by transforming repetition into incantation, or through the conversion of aphoristic elegance into gestures of transcendence.

 

These ideas are informed by the existentialist writings of Søren Kierkegaard on the nature of subjectivity and faith, and the inspiration taken from them by W.H. Auden, notably in his poem ‘New Year Letter’, written subsequent to his arrival in New York in 1939 and shortly before his reconversion to Anglicanism.

 

 

Image credit: Miles Davis. Photographer: Urve Kuusik. Courtesy of Sony Music Entertainment

Katharina Wulff

Tifaout ntitrit, 2014

Photograph by Marcus J. Leith

 

Katharina Wulff

Tifaout ntitrit, 2014

Photograph by Marcus J. Leith

 

Edward Krasinski

Spear, 1964

Photograph by Marcus J. Leith

Paulina Krasińska and Foksal Gallery Foundation

 

Foreground:

Edward Krasinski

Spear, 1964

Photograph by Marcus J. Leith

Paulina Krasińska and Foksal Gallery Foundation

 

Edward Krasinski

Spear, 1964

Photograph by Marcus J. Leith

Paulina Krasińska and Foksal Gallery Foundation

 

 

Steven Campbell

The Hiker Said, ‘Death, You Shall Not Take The Child’, 1983

Photograph by Marcus J. Leith 

British Council Collection

 

Exhibition view

Play What’s Not There

Foreground:

Steven Campbell

The Hiker Said, ‘Death You Shall Not Take The Child’, 1983

Photograph by Marcus J. Leith 

British Council Collection

 

Foreground:

Cerith Wyn Evans

A Community Predicated on the Basic Fact Nothing Really

Really Matters, 2013

Background:

Katharina Wulff

Tifaout ntitrit, 2014

Photograph by Marcus J. Leith 

Commissioned by Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary, Vienna

 

 

Katharina Wulff

Tifaout ntitrit, 2014

Photograph by Marcus J. Leith 

Foreground:

Cerith Wyn Evans

A Community Predicated on the Basic Fact Nothing Really

Really Matters, 2013

Background:

Katharina Wulff

Tifaout ntitrit, 2014
Photograph by Marcus J. Leith

Commissioned by Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary, Vienna

 

Cerith Wyn Evans

A Community Predicated on the Basic Fact Nothing Really

Really Matters, 2013

Photograph by Marcus J. Leith 

Commissioned by Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary, Vienna

 

Robert Whitman

Line in the Sand (Negative), 2004

Pace Gallery 

Photography by Marcus J. Leith 

Linder

The Working Class Goes to Paradise, 2000

Photograph by Marcus J. Leith 

Blum & Poe and Stuart Shave/ Modern Art

 

Robert Whitman

Wavy Red Line, 1967/2003

Photograph by Marcus J. Leith 

Pace Gallery

 

Robert Whitman

Wavy Red Line, 1967/2003

Photograph by Marcus J. Leith 

Pace Gallery

 

Foreground:

Edward Krasinski

Untitled, 1967

Background:

Edward Krasinski

Untitled, 1967

Photograph by Marcus J. Leith

Paulina Krasińska and Foksal Gallery Foundation

 

Foreground:

Edward Krasinski

Untitled, 1967

Background:

Edward Krasinski

Untitled, 1967

Photograph by Marcus J. Leith

Paulina Krasińska and Foksal Gallery Foundation

 

Edward Krasinski

Untitled, 1967

Photograph by Marcus J. Leith 

Paulina Krasińska and Foksal Gallery Foundation

 

Katharina Wulff

Der Ausflung [The Excursion], 2014

Photograph by Marcus J. Leith 

Collection of Craig Robins, Miami

 

Katharina Wulff

Der Ausflung [The Excursion], 2014

Photograph by Marcus J. Leith 

Collection of Craig Robins, Miami

 

Left to right:

Cerith Wyn Evans

Leaning Horizon (Neon 1.7m), 2014

Leaning Horizon (Neon 2.1m), 2014

Photograph by Marcus J. Leith 

 

Cerith Wyn Evans

Leaning Horizon (Neon 2.1m), 2014

Photograph by Marcus J. Leith 

Cerith Wyn Evans

Leaning Horizon (Neon 1.7m), 2014

Photograph by Marcus J. Leith 

 

Bruce Naumam

Clown Torture (I’m Sorry and No, No, No. No), 1987

Photograph by Marcus J. Leith 

Pinault Collection

 

Bruce Naumam

Clown Torture (I’m Sorry and No, No, No. No), 1987

Photograph by Marcus J. Leith 

Pinault Collection

 

Bruce Naumam

Clown Torture (I’m Sorry and No, No, No. No), 1987

Photograph by Marcus J. Leith 

Pinault Collection