April 17, 2014 - Raven Row - Play What’s Not There
April 17, 2014

Play What’s Not There

Photograph of Miles Davis by Urve Kuusik.
Courtesy of Sony Music Entertainment.

Play What’s Not There
17 April–22 June 2014

Raven Row
56 Artillery Lane
London E1 7LS 
Hours: Wednesday–Sunday 11am–6pm

T +44 (0) 20 7377 4300

www.ravenrow.org

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.

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