Visions of the Occult: An Untold Story of Art & Magic



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Victoria Jenkins


This lavishly illustrated magical volume acts a potent talisman connecting the two worlds of Tate – the seen public collection and the unseen secrets lurking in the archive. The pages of this book explore the hidden artworks and ephemera left behind by artists for the first time idea and will shed new light on our understanding of the art historical canon. Expect to find the unexpected with artists such as Ithell Colquhoun, John Nash, Barbara Hepworth, David Mayor, Max Armfield, Cecil Collins, Jill and Bruce Lacey, Francis Bacon, Alan Davie, Joe Tilson, Henry Moore, William Blake, Leonora Carrington and Hamish Fulton.

For the first time, the clandestine, magical works of the Tate archive are revealed with archivist Victoria Jenkins acting as the depositary of it’s secrets. This book explores the symbiotic relationship between art and the occult and how both can act as a form of resistance to challenging environments. This book will change perceptions forever and illuminate the suprising breadth and extraordinary ways in which artists interpret not just the physical world around them but also the supernatural, and in doing so make the unseen, seen. If you think you know Tate artists, it’s time to think again.

Additional information

Weight 816 g
Dimensions 19.8 x 25.4 cm
Publisher name Tate Publishing
Publication date 29 December 2022
Number of pages 176
Format Hardback
Dimensions 19.8 x 25.4 cm
Weight 816 g


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Victoria Jenkins is a London based artist and author and is an archivist at Tate. Her work concerns the coalescence of occultism, science and philosophy and she is interested in the occult in art through to surrealism and mysticism.