Lisson Gallery

Art & Language

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. Art & Language’s earliest works date from before 1968, when the name was first adopted as the name of an artistic practice. In the following year, the first issue of the journal Art-Language was published in England. Then and over the next few years Art & Language provided a common identity for a number of people already involved in various types of collaboration. The mid 1960s had seen widespread collapse in the authority of those individualistic cultural protocols which go under the name of Modernism, and the coming together of the two terms ‘Art’ and ‘Language’ served to recognise a range of intellectual concerns and artistic expedients which that collapse had occasioned. 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. That conversation in turn transformed the practice of those involved and generated other kinds of work.


Experimental and sceptical, perhaps their most famous work is Index 01, exhibited at dOCUMENTA 5, Kassel, Germany (1972), a catalogue of their writings in eight filing cabinets presented on four plinths at eye level. Major solo exhibitions include 'Figure it out who can', Galerie Michael Janssen, Berlin, Germany (2019); ‘Nobody Spoke’, Kunstsaele, Berlin, Germany (2017); Museu d’Art Contemporary de Barcelona (MACBA), Barcelona, Spain (2014); Museum Dhondt-Dhaenens, Deurle, Belgium (2013); Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Zurich, Switzerland (2012); Espoo Museum of Modern Art, Espoo, Finland (2009); Centro De Arte Contemporáneo (CAC) Málaga, Spain (2004); MoMA PS1, New York, USA (1999); ICA, London, UK (1991); Tate Gallery, London, UK (1985); Musée d’Art Moderne, Toulon, France (1982) and Museum of Modern Art, Oxford, UK (1974). Art & Language have participated in numerous group exhibitions, including 'Guernica' at the National Picasso Museum in Paris, France (2017); 'Conceptual Art in Britain: 1964-1979', Tate Britain, London, UK (2016); ‘Before Normal: Concept After Concept’, Museet for Samtidskunst, Roskkilde, Denmark (2014); ‘Invisible: Art about the Unseen 1957–2012', Hayward Gallery, London, UK (2012); ‘Sound of Music’, Turner Contemporary, Margate, Kent, UK (2009); dOCUMENTA 10, Kassel, Germany (1997), dOCUMENTA 7, Kassel, Germany (1982), the Xème Biennale Internationale d’Art, Palais de L’Europe, Menton, France (1974). In 1986 they were nominated for the Turner Prize. 

Current and recent projects:

'Devinera qui pourra (Figure it out who can)', Galerie Michael Janssen, Berlin, Germany, 26 April - 3 August, 2019

Art & Language
Tell Me, Have You Ever Seen Me? II, Xi Jinping, 2014
Printed text on paper, ink, pencil and mixed media on paper, vitrine 120 x 50 x 50 cm / 47 1/4 x 19 11/16

Art & Language
Tell Me, Have You Ever Seen Me? II, Xi Jinping, 2014
Printed text on paper, ink, pencil and mixed media on paper, vitrine 120 x 50 x 50 cm / 47 1/4 x 19 11/16

Art & Language
Sea Ghost III, 2014
Acrylic with ink and mixed media on canvas 176 x 149.5 x 4 cm / 68 3/8 x 59 x 1 3/4 in.

Art & Language
Sea Ghost V, 2014
Acrylic with ink and mixed media on canvas 176 x 149.5 x 4 cm / 69 3/8 x 59 x 1 3/4 in.

Art & Language
Nobody Spoke, 2013-2014
Installation comprising 17 chairs, alogram on canvas over plywood with acrylic and mixed media 3 ‘chairs’, 101.3 x 35.5 x 48.3 cm; 7 ‘chairs’, 96.7 x 38 x 44.4 cm; 7 ‘chairs’, 92 x 35.5 x 43 cm

Art & Language
Nobody Spoke, 2013-2014
Installation comprising 17 chairs, alogram on canvas over plywood with acrylic and mixed media 3 ‘chairs’, 101.3 x 35.5 x 48.3 cm; 7 ‘chairs’, 96.7 x 38 x 44.4 cm; 7 ‘chairs’, 92 x 35.5 x 43 cm

Art & Language
Portraits and a Dream III, 2013
Printed paper and mixed media, 144 prints on paper, 144 garlands consisting of 16 links 300 x 755 x 830 cm / 118 1/8 x 297 1/4 x 326 3/4 in.

Art & Language
Portrait and a Dream XI, 1968-2011
Ink on photostat and mixed media Part 1, 69.0 x 107.0 cm / 27 3/16 x 42 1/8 in. Part 2, 53.0 x 48.0 cm / 20 7/8 x 18 7/8 in.

Art & Language
Portrait and a Dream VII, 1981-2011
Ink and crayon on paper and mixed media Part 1-2, 67.0 x 99.3 cm / 26 3/8 x 39 1/16 in. Part 3, 53.0 x 48.0 cm / 20 7/8 x 18 7/8 in.

Art & Language
Portrait and a Dream IX, 1966-2011
Ink and acrylic on paper and mixed media Parts 1-2, 81.2 x 62.3 cm / 32 x 24 1/2 in. Part 3, 53.0 x 48.0 cm / 20 7/8 x 18 7/8

Art & Language
Portraits and a Dream, 2009
Printed paper and mixed media Part 1: 144 pages of 32 lines of text each printed on grey A3 paper plus one blank page, arranged in a grid and pasted onto one wall. Part 2: 144 sets of ‘paperchains’ consisting of 16 links, suspended in rows on cables stretched between two walls and running parallel to the wall of text pages.

Art & Language
Portraits and a Dream, 2009
Printed paper and mixed media Part 1: 144 pages of 32 lines of text each printed on grey A3 paper plus one blank page, arranged in a grid and pasted onto one wall. Part 2: 144 sets of ‘paperchains’ consisting of 16 links, suspended in rows on cables stretched between two walls and running parallel to the wall of text pages.

Art & Language
Portrait of Vladimir Putin in the Style of Jackson Pollock , 2009
Oil and enamel on canvas; pencil on paper Painting: 84.5 x 75 cm / 33 1/4 x 29 1/2 in. Drawing: 25 x 21 cm / 9 13/16 x 8 1/4 in.

Art & Language
The Impression of Liars’ Voices, 2009
Acrylic on canvas and mixed media Framed picture: 97.3 x 72.3 x 3.2 cm / 38 5/16 x 28 7/16 x 1 1/4 in. Chair: 98 x 48.5 x 36 cm / 38 9/16 x 19 1/16 x 14 3/16 in.

Art & Language
The Background of a Hostage Incident, 2009
Acrylic on canvas and mixed media Framed picture: 29.3 x 27.9 x 3.2 cm / 11.54 x 11 x 1 1/14 in. Chair: 89.6 x 42.3 x 35 cm / 35 1/4 x 16 5/8 x 13 3/4 in.

Art & Language
Now They Are Again No Secret, 2009
Acrylic on canvas and mixed media Framed picture: 50.6 x 61.8 x 3.2 cm 19 15/16 x 24 5/16 x 1 1/4 in. Chair: 100.7 x 47.3 x 39 cm / 39 5/8 x 18 5/8 x 15 3/8 in.

Art & Language
Qui Pourra, 2008
HD Video 15 min. 36 sec.

Art & Language
No Secret Painting XI, 2007
Painting and text Part 1 (painting): 50.8 x 52.7 mm. Depth 7 cm Part 2 (text): 900 x 67.8 mm. Depth 4.7 cm

Art & Language
Lovely Slang XXII 2004 , 2004
Glass over oil and mixed media on canvas on wood 69 x 60.8 cm / 27 3/16 x 23 15/16 in.

Art & Language
Lovely Slang XXI, 2004
Glass over oil and mixed media on canvas on wood 82.9 x 70 cm / 32 5/8 x 27 9/16 in.

Art & Language
Homes from Homes, Virus I, 2002
Oil and enamel on canvas and mixed media 98 x 175 cm / 39 9/16 x 68 7/8 in.

Art & Language
Study for Hostage 79, 1991
Acrylic, ink and pencil on paper Framed: 137.8 x 97.9 x 4.8 cm / 54 1/4 x 38 9/16 in.

Art & Language
Hostage LXXIX, 1991
Glass, oil on canvas on wood 214 x 142.5 cm / 84 1/4 x 56 1/8 in.

Art & Language
Hostage LX, 1990
Oil on canvas on wood with glass 214 x 142.5 cm / 84 1/4 x 56 1/8 in.

Art & Language
Portrait of V.I. Lenin in the Style of Jackson Pollock VII, 1980
Enamel on canvas mounted to board 105 x 100 cm / 41 5/16 x 39 3/8 in.

Exhibitions

  1. Art & Language – Nobody Spoke

    14 November 2014 – 17 January 2015

  2. Art & Language: Portraits and a Dream

    27 January – 27 February 2010

  3. Art & Language: Hard to Say When

    11 May – 2 June 2005

  4. Art and Language: Mother, Father; Monday

    15 November 2002 – 18 January 2003

  5. Art & Language: Early Works 1965 - 1976, R...

    3 June – 9 July 1994

  6. Art & Language: Hostages Paintings: The Da...

    15 March – 12 April 1991

  7. Art & Language: Hostages

    4 July – 10 September 1988

  8. Art & Language: Sites: Incidents in a Muse...

    30 April – 9 May 1987

  9. Art & Language: Drawings and Models Index:...

    9 March – 2 April 1983

  10. Art & Language: Portraits of V.I. Lenin an...

    7 March – 3 April 1980

  11. Art & Language: Flags for Organizations

    28 November – 22 December 1978

  12. Art & Language

    11 February – 8 March 1975

  13. Art & Language

    1 March – 30 March 1974

  14. Art & Language

    16 October – 4 November 1973

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