Tate Britain will be presenting an exhibition that reveals how artists working in Britain managed to transform the world of art between 1964 to 1979. 

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Art as an Act of Retraction (detail) 1971, Keith Arnatt. (c)Keith Arnatt Estate. 

Conceptual Art in Britain: 1964-1979 will examine the course that this movement took from its origins in the mid-1960’s to the late 1970’s , showcasing seventy pieces of art by 21 artists.

Opening at Tate Britain from the 12th April to the 29th August 2016, the exhibition will demonstrate the thought-provoking and politically engaged nature of this period of art history.

The exhibition will feature the work of artists such as: Sue Arrowsmith, Braco Dimitrijević, Barry Flanagan, Hamish Fulton, Margaret Harrison, Ed Herring, Susan Hiller, John Hilliard, John Latham, Bob Law and David Tremlett. These artists and others of the conceptual art movement, based their art around ideas and this display will demonstrate how it changed the way we think about art.

Conceptual art began to emerge at important time when there was plenty of political and social changes happening and this exhibition will span the entire period which includes Harold Wilson’s first labour government to the election of Margaret Thatcher.

Revealing how artists at this time questioned art and addressed issues of society, politics and identity, the display will reveal how conceptual art still influences art today.

Pieces of work that will be on display in the exhibition will include: Possession 1976 by Victor Burgin, Mary Kelly’s Post-Partum Document 1974-8 and Conrad Atkinson’s Northern Ireland 1968 – May Day 1975 1975-6.

Conceptual Art in Britain: 1964-1979 will appear at Tate Britain from the 12th April – 29th August 2016. 

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