Art & Language (name est.1968) is today defined as a collaboration between Michael Baldwin (b.1945, Oxfordshire, UK) and Mel Ramsden (b.1944, Nottingham, UK). The activities of Art & Language have been marked from the outset by practical variety, by resistance to easy categorisation and by a tendency to provoke open and reflexive enquiry. The continued presence and importance of Art & Language – as pioneering conceptual artists, combining text, performance, music and publishing – is testament to their enduring influence on, and indeed, anticipation of much current art practice, but is also the result of their constant questioning of art’s limits and possibilities. Select solo exhibitions include Not that is is needed now, Mulier Mulier Gallery, Knokke-Zoute, Belgium (2016); Nobody Spoke, Lisson Gallery, London, UK (2014); Uncompleted, Museu d'Art Contemporani de Barcelona, ES (2014); Letters to the Red Krayola, Galerie Kadel Willborn, Dusseldorf, DE (2013); Garage Cosmos, Brussels, BE (2013); Portraits and a Dream, University of Kent, Canterbury, UK (2011) and Lisson Gallery, London, UK (2010). Select group exhibitions include Art & Language and Ilya Kabakov: The Non-Objective World, Sprovieri Gallery, London, UK (2016); Conceptual Art in Britain: 1964-1979, Tate Britain, London, UK (2016); Drawing Biennial, Drawing Room, London, UK (2015); Imaginary Audience Scale Artspace, Newton, NZ (2015); Before Normal: Concept After Concept, Museet for Samtidskunst, Roskkilde, DK (2014); Secret Codes, Galerie Luisa Strina, São Paulo, Brazil (2013); Invisible: Art about the Unseen 1957–2012, Hayward Gallery, London, UK (2012). Their work is held in numerous public and private collections including Arts Council of Great Britain, UK; Centre Pompidou, Paris, France; Tate Collection, London, UK; Victoria & Albert Museum, London, UK; and Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY, USA.
Last updated: 24.04.2017