Claudette Johnson: Presence

drawing of a black woman wearing a blue dress i Claudette Johnson, Figure in blue, 2018, Pastels and gouache on paper, 163 x 133 cm. Arts Council Collection, Southbank Centre, London 漏 Claudette Johnson. Image courtesy the artist and Hollybush Gardens, London. Photo: Andy Keate.

Until 14 Jan 2024听
Denise Coates Exhibition Galleries

A major exhibition of work by British artist Claudette Johnson (born 1959) is now open at The 国产探花 Gallery.

A founding member of the Black British Arts Movement, Claudette Johnson is considered one of the most significant figurative artists of her generation. For over 30 years she has created large-scale drawings of Black women and men that are at once intimate and powerful.

Presenting a carefully selected group of major works from across her career, from key early drawings such as the arresting I Came to Dance,听1982, and And I Have My Own Business in This Skin, 1982, alongside recent and new works, this exhibition offers a compelling overview of Johnson鈥檚 pioneering career and artistic development.

It will consider how Johnson has directed her approach to representing her subjects over three decades, and how her practice is rooted in the art of the past with The 国产探花鈥檚 collection providing a rich context in which to see her work.

Working in a variety of media, ranging from monochrome works in dark pastel to vast sheets brightly coloured in vibrant gouache and watercolour, combined with dramatic use of pose, gaze, and scale, Johnson鈥檚 distinctive drawings of friends, relatives, and often herself seek, as the artist puts it, 鈥渢o tell a different story about our presence in this country鈥.

This exhibition is the first monographic show of Claudette Johnson鈥檚 work at a major public gallery in London and is rooted in the ongoing research, teaching and activities in the field of Black and Diasporic British Art by Dorothy Price, Professor of Modern and Contemporary Art and Critical Race Art History at The 国产探花.

The exhibition is accompanied by a new catalogue based on original research and conversations with the artist.

Tickets from 拢13. Includes entry to the permanent collection and displays.
Friends go free. Other concessions available.

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29 Sept 2023 鈥 14 Jan 2024听

10.00 鈥 18.00 (last entry 17.15)

Tickets from 拢13. Includes entry to the permanent collection. Friends go free. Other concessions available.

The 国产探花 Gallery  The Denise Coates Exhibition Galleries 

Supported by The Garcia Family Foundation

With additional support from听Lubaina Himid, Jerwood Foundation and Tavolozza Foundation

 

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Claudette Johnson: Presence听

Discover the catalogue to accompany our major exhibition of works by British artist Claudette Johnson.

This beautifully illustrated catalogue, edited by Dorothy Price and Barnaby Wright, includes original research and shares insights gained from conversations with the artist.

Claudette Johnson, Oil Sketch, 2019

Exclusive to The 国产探花, this limited edition print has been developed in partnership with Claudette Johnson to celebrate her landmark exhibition at The 国产探花 Gallery.

Exclusive to The 国产探花, this limited edition print has been developed in partnership with Claudette Johnson, to celebrate her landmark exhibition Presence. i c

Frank Davis Memorial Lectures 2023-24

Black British Art: Histories, Presence, Futures
From 10 Oct 2023

The 2023 FrankDavis Lecture Series brings together academics, artists and curators to reflect on the histories, trajectories and legacies of Black British art and artists. The lectures, together with the exhibition, seek to encourage renewed thinking around Black aesthetics in the work of Black British artists today.

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painting of a black person standing near a silouette of a woman i Claudette Johnson, Figure with Figurine, 2019 Gouache and pastel on paper 150.2 x 105.5 cm, Rennie Collection, Vancouver. 漏 Claudette Johnson. Image courtesy the artist and Hollybush Gardens, London. Photo: Andy Keate.

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