Don’t Forget: Artists' Remnants and Paper Scraps

16 Sep–13 Nov 2015

Assembled by Arnaud Desjardin, this exhibition presents artists’ ephemera including posters, invitation cards, original advertisements, manifestos, mementos and other remnants.

Apparently casual, these announcements, invitation cards or notes are a vivid and atmospheric way into different artists' worlds. Often conceived of quickly, printed in a rush and dispatched to friends and colleagues, the words and images on simple cards, or even a personal note, can carry deliberate artistic significance.

Richard Hamilton printed Don't Forget, followed by Marcel Duchamp’s signature, capturing Duchamp's recognition of the power of fleeting messages. Eileen Gray's graphics on her invitation to the opening of her art deco shop ‘Jean Desert’ is redolent of the craftsmanship in Paris in the 1920's; Claes Oldenburg's ‘Store’ was set up to be impermanent, a messy place for free expression, which he called his ‘cheap East Village Studio’. One of the few things that remains from this time is a beautiful, pearly, turquoise notice card.

Other printed material in the show relates to artists including Marcel Broodthaers, Hanne Darboven, Jeremy Deller, Marcel Duchamp, Yves Klein and others. Pieces on display all intimately connect to artists’ practices.

Ephemera by: Carl Andre, BANK, Marcel Broodthaers, Stanley Brouwn, James Lee Byars, Andre Cadere, Lourdes Castro, Les Coleman, Joshua Compston, Martin Creed and Matthew Higgs, Simon Cutts, Erica Van Horn and Maggie Smith, Hanne Darboven, Jeremy Deller and Karl Holmqvist, Jan Dibbets, Marcel Duchamp, Max Ernst, Angus Fairhust and Anya Gallacio, Jochen Gerz, Maria Gilissen, Eileen Gray, Hans Haacke, Raymond Hains, Richard Hamilton, Matthew Higgs, Jenny Holzer, Steward Home, Gareth Jones and Matthew Higgs, Yves Klein, Sol Lewitt, Colin Lowe, Roddy Thompson and Matthew Higgs, Bruno Munari, Maurizio Nannucci, Bruce Nauman, Chris Ofili and Matthew Higgs, Claes Oldenburg, Eduardo Paolozzi, Elizabeth Peyton and Matthew Higgs, Francis Picabia, Michelangelo Pistoletto, Sigmar Polke, Bridget Riley, Dieter Roth, Dieter Roth and Richard Hamilton, Kurt Schwitters, Robert Smithson, Monica Sprüth, Volf Vostell

Arnaud Desjardin

Curated by
Arnaud Desjardin

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