Artists include: Douglas Binder, Anna and Bernhard Blume, Carol Bove, Edward Burra, Claude Cahun, Jeffery Camp, Bonnie Camplin, Lynn Chadwick, Neil Chapman, Steven Claydon, Hans Coper, Keith Coventry, Jane England, Jacob Epstein, Vincent Fecteau, Rachel Fenner, Ian Hamilton Finlay, Elisabeth Frink, Alberto Giacometti, Richard Hawkins, Guy Heatherington, Jenny Holzer, Thomas Houseago, Des Hughes, Peter Lanyon, Mark Leckey, Wyndham Lewis, Simon Martin, Sidney Nolan, Eduardo Paolozzi, Francis Picabia, Elizabeth Price, Margaret Priest, Marcus Selg, Jim Shaw, Charles Simonds, John Stezaker, Graham Sutherland, Edward Underwood, Franz West, J.D. Williams
Artist Steven Claydon has selected “objects and things”, examining the relationship between the art object and the institutions that display them - a playful and critical approach to presentation. The exhibition's title is taken from a quote by fictional 1930s detective Charlie Chan and contains a peculiar British Modernism.
Claydon’s selection includes sculpture from the start of the 20th-century by Jacob Epstein and Alberto Giacometti and 1940s paintings by Francis Picabia as well as films by contemporary London-based artists Bonnie Camplin, Mark Leckey and Simon Martin.
Claude Cahun’s photographs from the 1930s are shown alongside ceramics from the 1970s by Hans Coper; iconic sculptures by Elisabeth Frink and Lynn Chadwick provide a context for other artists working in the 1970s. A new sculpture by the American artist Charles Simonds has been commissioned by Camden Arts Centre.