Art & Language

Art & Language (name est. 1968) is a collaborative practice between Michael Baldwin (b.1945 Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire, UK) and Terry Atkinson (b. 1967 Thurnscoe, Yorkshire UK), in association with David Brainbridge (b. 1968) and Harold Hurrell (b. 1968). The group lives and works near Banbury, Oxfordshire, 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. Commencing in 1969 the group published the journal Art-Language in England, and over the next few years provided a common identity for a number of people already involved in various types of collaboration. For a variety of activities which bore practically and critically upon the concept of art, but which were at home neither in the studio nor in the gallery, Art & Language promised a social base in shared conversation. 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 Portraits and a Dream, 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: 23.02.2017