Not Without My Ghosts brings together more than 30 international artists, from the late nineteenth century to the present day, whose work is inspired by Spiritualism and its rich cultural history.
With original essays by art historian Susan L. Aberth and curators Simon Grant and Lars Bang Larsen, this publication explores the anti-authoritarian political agendas of nineteenth-century Spiritualism and the movement’s close association to the history of feminism, as well as its continued influence on contemporary practitioners. Spanning diverse artistic approaches, Not Without My Ghosts offers a unique insight into the ties that bind spirit and mediumistic art across the centuries.
Artists featured include William Blake, Marjorie Cameron, Bonnie Camplin, Ann Churchill, Ithell Colquhoun, Louise Despont, Casimiro Domingo, Madame Fondrillon, Chiara Fumai, Madge Gill, Susan Hiller, Barbara Honywood, Georgiana Houghton, Anna Mary Howitt, Victor Hugo, Augustin Lesage, Pia Lindman, Ann Lislegaard, André Masson, Grace Pailthorpe, František Jaroslav Pecka, Olivia Plender, Sigmar Polke, Lea Porsager, Austin Osman Spare, Yves Tanguy, Suzanne Treister and John Varley.
Accompanies the Hayward Touring exhibition ‘Not Without My Ghosts’, touring to the following venues: Drawing Room, London, 27 Mar – 14 Jun 2020; Grundy Art Gallery, Blackpool; Sheffield Museum and Art Gallery. Nov 2020 – 7 March 2021; Glynn Vivian, Swansea, 2021.