Marcus Selg, o.T (portrait), 2004, private collection, London, © the artist.

Objects, Things, and Strange Events that Allow Themselves to Occur

Lynn Chadwick, Pair of Sitting Figures (detail), 1974, courtesy of the estate of Lynn Chadwick.


Camden Arts Center
Arkwright Road
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Strange Events Allow Themselves
the Luxury of Occurring

December 7, 2007-February 10, 2008

Following acclaimed artist-curated shows at Camden Arts Centre, artist Steven Claydon has selected “objects and things” for this new exhibition. It examines the relationship between the art object and the institutions that display them.

The exhibition takes its title from a quote by fictional 1930s detective Charlie Chan and contains a peculiar British Modernism.

It includes sculpture from the start of the 20th-century by Jacob Epstein and Alberto Giacometti and 1940s paintings by Francis Picabia to films by contemporary London-based artists Bonnie Camplin, Mark Lecky and Simon Martin.

Claude Cahun’s photographs from the 1930s are shown alongside ceramics from the 1970s by Hans Coper. Iconic sculptures by Elisabeth Frink and Lynn Chadwick provide a context for other artists working in the 1970s. A new sculpture by the American artist Charles Simonds has been commissioned by Camden Arts Centre.

Exhibiting artists include: Douglas Binder, Anna and Bernhard Blume, Carol Bove, Edward Burra, Claude Cahun, Jeffery Camp, Bonnie Camplin, Lynn Chadwick, Neil Chapman, Steve Claydon, Hans Coper, Keith Coventry, Jane England, Jacob Epstein, Rachel Fenner, Vincent Fecteau, Ian Hamilton Finlay, Elizabeth Frink, Alberto Giacometti, Richard Hawkins, Guy Heatherington, Jenny Holzer, Thomas Houseago, Peter Lanyon, Wyndham Lewis, Mark Leckey, Simon Martin, Sidney Nolan, Eduardo Paolozzi, Margaret D. Print, Francis Picabia, Marcus Selg, Jim Shaw, Charles Simonds, John Stezaker, Graham Sutherland, Edward Underwood, and
Franz West.

John Stezaker, Touch, 1976, © the artist.