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Exhibition: Albert the kid is ghosting (25 Sept – 12 Dec 2015)

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Etel Adnan, Ida Applebroog, Philip Guston, Sergej Jensen, Hans Josephsohn, Oscar Murillo, Andreas Slominski and Michael E. Smith

Rarely seen artworks from the David Roberts collection become accomplices of an uncanny fiction. Albert the kid is ghosting occupies the entire DRAF building, transforming the space into an unsettling mise-en-scene of defiance: a crime scene.

…having last left you at the foundation, I walked away with this thought neologism ghosting all over me. I could give it a syntax long forgotten and shortly remembered literally footsteps from having left you. Albert the kid is ghosting. There’s this bridge with these words done painted on it. Albert the kid is ghosting. Looking for or should I say having found this model of equivalence to one disappearing act of a presence in this sentence thrown up on a wall I feel that this should be the title of the exhibition. ALBERT THE KID IS GHOSTING. 

The exhibition presents each work in a precisely-designed environment of bespoke materials and furnishings. Hans Josephsohn’s 1979 brass head sits on a hardwood plith, facing gold damask curtains. Etel Adnan’s 2000 landscape hangs on a gold leaf panel. Philip Guston’s Drive (1969) hangs on a wall of dark floral wallpaper. Vases of lilies, crimson walls, neon sheer fabric curtains and chainlink screens shape emotionally-charged situations throughout the space.

Works from the collection are complemented with new commissions by Michael E Smith and loans of works by Ida Applebroog and Andreas Slominski. English language poetry by Etel Adnan will be performed, as well as other live events. Writers commissioned to research in depth and produce studies of the works include Hannah Black (on Ida Applebroog), Harry Burke (on Etel Adnan), Craig Burnett (on Philip Guston) and Matthew McLean (on Andreas Slominski).

On the occasion of the Opening Reception, DRAF reveals its unique new space dedicated to performance and education.

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  • Installation view of 'Albert the kid is ghosting'. Photo: Tim Bowditch
    1/13Installation view of 'Albert the kid is ghosting'. Photo: Tim Bowditch
  • Hans Josephsohn, Untitled, 1974 and Untitled, 1979. David Roberts Collection, London. Photo: Tim Bowditch
    2/13Hans Josephsohn, Untitled, 1974 and Untitled, 1979. David Roberts Collection, London. Photo: Tim Bowditch
  • Etel Adnan, Untitled, 2000. David Roberts Collection, London. Photo: Tim Bowditch
    3/13Etel Adnan, Untitled, 2000. David Roberts Collection, London. Photo: Tim Bowditch
  • Installation view of 'Albert the kid is ghosting'. Photo: Tim Bowditch
    4/13Installation view of 'Albert the kid is ghosting'. Photo: Tim Bowditch
  • Ida Applebroog, Independence Plaza, 1979-80. David Roberts Collection, London. Photo: Tim Bowditch
    5/13Ida Applebroog, Independence Plaza, 1979-80. David Roberts Collection, London. Photo: Tim Bowditch
  • Michael E Smith, Untitled, 2014. Courtesy KOW Berlin. Photo: Tim Bowditch
    6/13Michael E Smith, Untitled, 2014. Courtesy KOW Berlin. Photo: Tim Bowditch
  • Sergej Jensen, Money Bags, 2013. David Roberts Collection, London. Photo: Tim Bowditch
    7/13Sergej Jensen, Money Bags, 2013. David Roberts Collection, London. Photo: Tim Bowditch
  • Installation view of 'Albert the kid is ghosting'. Photo: Tim Bowditch
    8/13Installation view of 'Albert the kid is ghosting'. Photo: Tim Bowditch
  • Philip Guston, Drive, 1969. David Roberts Collection, London. Courtesy the Estate of Philip Guston. Photo: Tim Bowditch
    9/13Philip Guston, Drive, 1969. David Roberts Collection, London. Courtesy the Estate of Philip Guston. Photo: Tim Bowditch
  • Sergej Jensen, Sewn Japonaise, 2013. David Roberts Collection, London. Photo: Tim Bowditch
    10/13Sergej Jensen, Sewn Japonaise, 2013. David Roberts Collection, London. Photo: Tim Bowditch
  • Sergej Jensen, Sewn Japonaise, 2013. David Roberts Collection, London. Photo: Tim Bowditch
    11/13Sergej Jensen, Sewn Japonaise, 2013. David Roberts Collection, London. Photo: Tim Bowditch
  • Installation view of 'Albert the kid is ghosting'. Photo: Tim Bowditch
    12/13Installation view of 'Albert the kid is ghosting'. Photo: Tim Bowditch
  • Andreas Slominski, xWSy7z, 2008.  David Roberts Collection, London. Photo: Tim Bowditch
    13/13Andreas Slominski, xWSy7z, 2008. David Roberts Collection, London. Photo: Tim Bowditch