Hayward Gallery
exhibition

Invisible: Art about the Unseen

Invisible:  Art about the Unseen, 1957-2012, 12 June – 5 August 2012, Hayward Gallery. Invisible: Art about the Unseen brought together works from the past half-century that explore ideas related to the invisible and the hidden. The exhibition included work by some of the most important artists of our time, as well as younger artists who have expanded on their legacy.

From Yves Klein's utopian plans for an ‘architecture of air’ to Robert Barry's 'Energy Field (AM 130 KHz)' from 1968, this exhibition spanned diverse aesthetic practices and concerns.

Many of the works in Invisible sought to direct our attention towards the unwritten rules and conventions that shape our understanding of art. Other works invoked invisibility to underscore the limits of our perceptual capacities or to emphasise the role of our imagination in responding to works of art. Still others used invisibility as a metaphor relating to the suppression of information or the political disappearance and marginalization of social groups.

Artists included: Art & Language, Robert Barry, Chris Burden, James Lee Byars, Maurizio Cattelan, Jay Chung, Song Dong, Tom Friedman, Carsten Höller, Tehching Hsieh, Bruno Jakob, Yves Klein, Lai Chih-Sheng, Glenn Ligon, Teresa Margolles, Gianni Motti, Roman Ondák, Yoko Ono and Andy Warhol.

The exhibition was accompanied by a small-format catalogue, with an essay by Hayward Gallery Director Ralph Rugoff and texts by Helen Luckett on each of the 26 artists.

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Invisible: Art about the Unseen brought together works from the past half-century that explore ideas related to the invisible and the hidden. The exhibition included work by some of the most important artists of our time, as well as younger artists who have expanded on their legacy.

From Yves Klein's utopian plans for an ‘architecture of air’ to Robert Barry's 'Energy Field (AM 130 KHz)' from 1968, this exhibition spanned diverse aesthetic practices and concerns.

Many of the works in Invisible sought to direct our attention towards the unwritten rules and conventions that shape our understanding of art. Other works invoked invisibility to underscore the limits of our perceptual capacities or to emphasise the role of our imagination in responding to works of art. Still others used invisibility as a metaphor relating to the suppression of information or the political disappearance and marginalization of social groups.

Artists included: Art & Language, Robert Barry, Chris Burden, James Lee Byars, Maurizio Cattelan, Jay Chung, Song Dong, Tom Friedman, Carsten Höller, Tehching Hsieh, Bruno Jakob, Yves Klein, Lai Chih-Sheng, Glenn Ligon, Teresa Margolles, Gianni Motti, Roman Ondák, Yoko Ono and Andy Warhol.

The exhibition was accompanied by a small-format catalogue, with an essay by Hayward Gallery Director Ralph Rugoff and texts by Helen Luckett on each of the 26 artists.

Invisible: Art About the Unseen

A fully-illustrated publication exploring ideas related to the invisible, the hidden and the unknown.

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