Art & Language
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The conceptual art group Art & Language was and is eternally controversial; in terms of attracting wild praise and raging abuse and enduring vicious ideological schisms, they're a close second to the Communist Party of the Soviet Union. There wasn't a sacred cow that they didn't throw darts at nor an art movement (other than conceptualism) that they didn't decry, and they did it all in the medium of print, seldom if ever actually exhibiting anything. They endure to this day, still curating their legacy. This exhibition of bookworks, ephemera and installations should carry you back to the heady early days of conceptualism. Part of Edinburgh Art Festival.
Art & Language was the foremost conceptual art grouping of the 60s and the 70s. Formed at Coventry School of Art in 1968, the group took on an international flavour with Joseph Kosuth, James Collins and other American conceptual artists contributing to the activities of the collective, both in exhibition and in a series of highly philosophical publications which remain influential today.
This exhibition displays two large works from 1973 (as well as other items relating to the group’s famous ‘Index’ installations) and a significant display of bookworks and ephemera from this heroic period of linguistic conceptualism.
Most of the works are originally from the archive of David Rushton who was a key member of the grouping until 1975 and we are also pleased to be exhibiting a major work by founder member of Art & Language, David Bainbridge, entitled ‘M1′.
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Reviews & features
Art & Language10 Aug 2012
Intriguing but ultimately impenetrable overview of conceptual movement
Intriguing but ultimately impenetrable overview of conceptual movement Doing little to counteract the idea that conceptual art is a tough sell at the best of times, this sample display of pieces from the collective body behind the Art & Language…
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