AboutPremiere of new Hayward Touring exhibition curated by Jonathan Allen and Sally O'Reilly, organised in collaboration with QUAD.
Magic, like art, thrives in the gap between representation and misrepresentation. Magic Show considers how artists adopt the perception-shifting ploys of the theatrical magician to summon wonderment while simultaneously performing critique. Divisive applications and emotive manipulations are rife, not only in the artist's efforts to move us or spur us to imaginative leaps, but also in the arena of politics.
Magic Show consists of work by 24 international artists across all media, as well as an archive of artefacts from the theatrical magic world. The exhibition is augmented by a programme of film and video screenings, live performances and a full-colour catalogue with newly commissioned texts by writers from the art and magic communities.
Magic Show Artists: Jonathan Allen, Archive (Anne Walsh & Chris Kubik), Zoë Beloff, Joan Brossa, Rick Buckley, Brian Catling, Center for Tactical Magic, Jackie & Denise Chapwoman, Jem Finer & Ansuman Biswas, Tom Friedman, Brian Griffiths, Colin Guillemet, Susan Hiller, Alexandra Hopf, Janice Kerbel, Christian Jankowski, Annika Lundgren, Juan Muà ±oz, Bruce Nauman, Pedro Paiva & Joà £o Maria Gusmà £o, Ian Saville, Ariel Schlesinger, Suzanne Treister, Sinta Werner
A Hayward Touring exhibition from Southbank Centre, London.