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There Not There

The Courtauld Gallery
Somerset House

14 June – 15 July 2018

There Not There brings together the work of twelve international contemporary artists, including Jasper Johns, Rachel Whiteread, Michael Craig-Martin and Runa Islam. Working in a variety of media including painting, photography and film, these artists interrogate the boundary between the seemingly opposite notions of absence and presence. Despite their differences in approach, the artists share a common fascination with the ideas of disappearance, transformation and erasure. These themes emerge from the artists’ engagement with the natural world, the urban environment and human relationships.

Curated by the students of The Courtauld Institute of Art’s MA Curating the Art Museum, There Not There was conceived in response to the temporary closure of The Courtauld Gallery for a major redevelopment project, Courtauld Connects. This ambitious project will see the transformation of The Courtauld Institute and its Gallery, providing visitors with an experience to match the quality of its collection. Drawing from The Courtauld Gallery and the Arts Council Collections, There Not There comes at an important moment of transition for The Courtauld as it reimagines its historic collection for a contemporary audience.

The month-long run of the exhibition will also include an exciting programme of events such as curators’ tours, lunchtime talks and an artists’ talk. This exhibition runs from 14 June – 15 July 2018 at The Courtauld Gallery, Somerset House, Strand, London WC2R 0RN. It is made possible by the generous support of Christian Levett, founder of the Musée d’Art Classique de Mougins and Minerva Magazine.

Artists: Michael Craig-Martin, Andy Goldsworthy, Christine Hatt, Runa Islam, Jasper Johns, Richard Long, Karl Ohiri, Paul Seawright, George Shaw, Wolfgang Tillmans, Armando Andrade Tudela, Rachel Whiteread

Image credit: Karl Ohiri, How to Mend a Broken Heart, 2013
Arts Council Collection, Southbank Centre, London © Karl Ohiri, courtesy the artist.

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