Art & Language Institute, Galerie Templon, Paris, 1972
Artists: Terry Atkinson, David Bainbridge, Michael Baldwin, Harold Hurrell, Joseph Kosuth, Ian Burn, Mel Ramsden
Duration: April 12–29, 1972
Dimensions: 10.6 x 15.1 cm
Further Information: Art & Language is derived from the theoretical publication of the same name that was published for the first time in 1969 and continued until the late 1990s. The first editions were edited by Michael Baldwin and Terry Atkinson in association with Harold Hurrell and David Bainbridge, all of which were art teachers in Coventry. It was the first journal to define a notion or comprehension of ‘Conceptual Art’ by its community of producers and critics.
The name “Art & Language” identified and mirrored the conversational practice of the journal’s editors, but already in 1969 there were more contributions by Joseph Kosuth, Ian Burn and Mel Ramsden. This expanded quickly –– by 71 there were already 15 more contributors from England and New York. Each of them made the name “Art & Language” productive in a different way or to different extend. This group grew and decreased in size depending on how much commitment the artists would put into the collective work and how much they identified with the journal.
Since 1976 Art & Language is run by Michael Baldwin and Mel Ramsden. Art & Language do an essentially essayist and conversational practice – it is experimental and critical. It includes various media including texts, music (also in collaboration with Mayo Thompson), drawings, paintings, objects, and installations –– it is, as they say, “theory in case it was art and art in case it was theory.” Their work poses critical questions to art’s definitions, genres and to its institutions and its market. 1986 they were nominated for the Turner Prize.
Image: The image of this invitation is part of the Sammlung Marzona, Kunstbibliothek – Staatliche Museen zu Berlin.