conjuring images from words

Simon Lewty in Conversation  with Paul Hills

Wednesday, 26 October 2011

18.30, Research Forum South Room. The event will be followed by a performance of music and a reception in the Foyer

Dartmoor, Known and Unknown, 1998 (detail) Simon Lewty Dartmoor, Known and Unknown, 1998 (detail) Simon Lewty © Courtesy the artist and Art First, LondonSpeaker(s): Simon Lewty (artist) and Professor Paul Hills (The Courtauld Institute of Art)

Ticket/entry details: Open to all, free admission

Organised by: Organised by Prof Paul Hills and Dr Charlotte de Mille (The Courtauld Institute of Art) and Nicholas Dubois

This conversation is timed to coincide with two exhibitions of Simon Lewty’s drawings, together entitled Conjuring Images from Words and running throughout the autumn term. One is on show in the entrance to The Courtauld Institute of Art library, and includes Cries and Charms, a new installation made for the space. The other is at the Poetry Library in the Southbank Centre, presenting an overview of Lewty’s work. These venues are apt because Lewty’s drawings often present words and all manner of marks as a ‘field’ of text, or a ‘skin of writing’. Simon Lewty came to prominence in the 1980s with a solo show at the Serpentine Gallery, and his work is represented in the British Museum, the V&A, and in public collections throughout the UK. The conversation may touch on the many layers and reverberations in Lewty’s works, from medieval graffiti to the Surrealists, from musical notation to the poetry of David Jones.

Paul Hills, Professor of Renaissance Art at The Courtauld, has written several essays on Lewty, which have been republished in the multi-authored Simon Lewty: The Self as a Stranger (Black Dog Publishing, London 2010).

The conversation is followed by an opportunity to view the exhibition Conjuring Images from Words installed outside the Courtauld library. Music will be performed in the Institute Foyer.


Claude Debussy

From Piano Preludes Book I (1909-1910): Minstrels

Première rhapsodie (1910), for piano and clarinet

From Images Book I (1904-5): Reflets dans l'eau; Hommage à Rameau

Marta Lopez Fernandez (piano)

Sarah Brown (clarinet)

The exhibition and related events are generously supported by a grant from the London Centre for Arts and Cultural Exchange (LCACE).

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