'Lithograph III' (1965)
Bernard Cohen - 'Lithograph III' (1965)

Work by Bernard Cohen

'Studio Paintings – Index' (2003) Offset lithograph
'Studio Paintings – Index' (2003) Offset lithograph - Ian Whittlesea

Work by Ian Whittlesea

'The Prevention of Destitution' (1970) Screenprint
'The Prevention of Destitution' (1970) Screenprint - R.B. Kitaj

Work by R.B. Kitaj

'At Regensburg he crossed...' (2001) Screenprint
'At Regensburg he crossed...' (2001) Screenprint - Tess Jaray

Work by Tess Jaray

'Dream' (2002) Inkjet print
'Dream' (2002) Inkjet print - Martin Vincent

Work by Martin Vincent

In Conversation

'In Conversation' is a group exhibition using a selection of artworks from the Government Art Collection addressing concepts of visual, written and oral language.

In Conversation (23 April 2012-4 May 2012)

Private view: Friday 20 April 2012, 6-8 pm
(Invitation only, RSVP essential, non transferable)

We are pleased to announce In Conversation, a group exhibition using a selection of artworks from the Government Art Collection. Addressing concepts of visual, written and oral language, this exhibition features work by Jacques Charoux, Bernard Cohen, Douglas Gordon, Ian Hamilton Finlay, Gordon House, Tess Jaray, R.B. Kitaj, Lilliane Lijn, Rachel Lowe, Martin Vincent and Ian Whittlesea, and includes a number of live events and tours. In addition to the works from the GAC we will be presenting Word for Word (2004), a conversation and transcription work byNick Thurston and Pavel BÜchler. Nick Thurston is an artist who writes, and is the Editor of the independent publishing imprint Information as Material.

On Tuesday 1 May, from 6pm to 8pm, artist Ian Whittlesea, whose work is included in the exhibition, will be in conversation with LMU Lecturer Dr Nick Haeffner. (Places are limited so please book early.)

Works of art held within the Government Art Collection advocate British diplomacy whilst promoting the nation's art and heritage. Through their own 'silent' visual language they perform an important role stimulating conversation, whilst providing a surface whereby an extended discourse might be developed.

In Conversation will explore the performative nature of language in particular association to the works of art on display, creating both a conversation and space for aesthetic contemplation.

In Conversation is curated by students of the MA Curating the Contemporary: Carrie Anne Duff, Philippa O'Driscoll and Helen Spence. The course is taught by the London Metropolitan University and the Whitechapel Gallery with the Government Art Collection.

Read a review published by the Londonist here

Government Art Collection
Queens Yard, 179a Tottenham Court Road, London, W1T 7PA

Open to the public: Monday-Friday, 23 April-4 May, 12-6pm

Free. Booking Essential: T: 020 7580 9120 | E:
For further information:

All appointments and enquiries (including press) contact: Clive Marks

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