Art & Language Uncompleted

By Sophie Cameron

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Art & Language “77 Sentences” (1974) detail

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Founded in the mid ‘60s, Art & Language began as a work-in-conversation between artists and critics from a range of spheres and has since morphed into a language-based collaboration spanning decades.

Eschewing categorization, the collective are known for altering the role of linguistics in the art world, highlighting language as part of the artistic process, not merely a sidenote. Opening this month is the Philippe Méaille Collection, an incredible body of 800 pieces collated by the French collector over fifteen years: books, texts, sketches, posters and, of course, issues of the collective’s influential magazine, Art-Language.

Six decades of the group’s work are covered, from early projects such as 38 Paintings (1966) and Study for the Air-Conditioning Show (1967) to Study for Picasso’s Guernica in the Style of Jackson Pollock (1980–81) and Tell Me, Have You Ever Seen Me? (2003).

September 18, 2014 – May 19, 2015
Opening hours
Monday
11:00 – 19:30
Wednesday
11:00 – 19:30
Thursday
11:00 – 19:30
Friday
11:00 – 19:30
Saturday
10:00 – 21:00
Sunday
10:00 – 15:00