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Tate Britain: Conceptual Art in Britain 1964-1979

This captivating exhibition explores the glory of the artistic revolution of the 60’s which marked a momentous change in the nation’s rich British heritage and culture. A new attitude towards art was born when creatives chose to cast aside traditional practices, and free spirited spontaneity and abstract concepts became a defining characteristic in the works of iconic virtuosos.

 John Latham, Time Base Roller 1972

The Tate Britain exhibition has collated the works of artists including the unique voices of Keith Arnatt, Victor Burgin, Margaret Harrison and John Hillard who continue to fascinate their audience with innovative and thought-provoking visual delights, the exhibition pushes the boundaries of classic artistic practices to enthrall viewers with bold sparks of intelligent controversy.

Victor Burgin, 25 feet two hours 1969

“Asking what art is, as well as what it might be for”

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

Taking inspiration from real world issues, the new work embodied “the rejection of everything art had become” and sparked debates around the visuals that started to provoke discussion and curiosity towards the social functions of art and how it’s interpreted. Radical artists used their work to channel their inner voices and opinion, and began to communicate contextual political and ethical engagement, presenting artwork inspired by current issues and controversy such as feminism and sexism.

David Tremlett, To Charlie and the Bush 1972–3

Bruce McLean, Pose Work for Plinths 3 1971

The exhibition is open from 12th April – 29th August 2016 at the Tate Britain.

For more information, visit the Tate Britain website.

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