For Charles Harrison: When Attitudes Became Form

For Charles Harrison: When Attitudes Became Form

London, United Kingdom Thursday, January 13, 2011Friday, March 4, 2011

London, United Kingdom
Thursday, January 13, 2011Friday, March 4, 2011

Monday - Friday 10am - 6pm

Karsten Schubert and Richard Saltoun are pleased to announce this survey exhibition of Conceptual art to commemorate the publication of Charles Harrison Looking Back (Ridinghouse, 2011). Adapting the premise of Harrison’s seminal exhibition When Attitudes Become Form (ICA, London, 1969) this dynamic show unites avant-garde British artists with groundbreaking artists from 1960s Europe and America.

Charles Harrison (1942 - 2009) was a leading art historian, curator and professor, whose celebrated career was underpinned by his close work with artists such as Barry Flanagan, Keith Arnatt and later as part of Art and Language. Charles Harrison Looking Back is a collection of the auto-biographical interviews conducted by researchers, students and journalists in the past ten years. Focusing particularly on his experience of significant art historical events and institutions in the 1960s and 1970s, these interviews provide an inside look at the magazine Studio International, the relationship between the New York and London art worlds, and the curation of the exhibition When Attitudes Become Form. In discussing his collaborative relationship with Art & Language, his various art historical publications and his slide collection of the studios and homes of artists and critics, and with interviews conducted by figures such as Teresa Gleadowe and Pablo Lafuente, Juliette Rizzi, Sophie Richard, Elena Crippa and Christopher Heuer, Matthew Jesse Jackson and Joe Melvin, Charles Harrison Looking Back is an intimate look at a leading figure in British art history, and in whose honour we are proud to announce this exhibition.

Featuring the works of groundbreaking Conceptual artists from the 1960s including Carl Andre, Keith Arnatt, Art and Language, Barry Flanagan, Bruce McLean and John Latham, When Attitudes Became Form will also feature the installation Pyramid (Soul City) by the pioneering South African sculptor Roelof Louw. A pyramid consisting of approximately 6,000 oranges from which visitors are invited to help themselves, the work’s constant rebuilding and deconstruction addresses the new understanding of how sculpture was to be redefined.

This exhibition will also present a number of early works by the late Barry Flanagan, one of Britain’s most important and original artists. A precursor to a retrospective of the artist’s work at Tate in late 2011, the pieces exhibited here underscore Flanagan’s innovation across a wide range of media.

Comprising a dynamic selection of painting, prints, sculpture, and installation pieces, When Attitudes Became Form invites audiences to consider Charles Harrison’s significant contribution to modern art history.

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