When art attacks

When art attacks

Journey through the political unrest of the sixties and seventies at Tate Britain’s new exhibition

A new exhibition will explore the groundbreaking methods adopted by artists in the 60s and 70s to convey the social and political unrest under Harold Wilson's government and later the election of Margaret Thatcher in 1979. Conceptual Art in Britain will present the work of those artists of the era who favoured a more philosophical approach over traditional art mediums. This nonconformative and often controversial movement saw greater emphasis on text and photography which was to have a huge influence on modern art that followed.

The exhibition will include over 70 works from pivotal anarchist artists such as political photographer Victor Burgin and Stephen Willats who documented the London punk scene. Early experimental feminist pieces will also be on display from American artist Mary Kelly. Keith Arnatt’s humorous ‘Self-Burial (Television Interference Project)’ - which shows a sequence of photographs where he becomes increasingly buried - will also be played.

Conceptual Art in Britain 1964-1979 will run from 12 - 29 April at the Tate Britain.


  • Words: Rebecca Parker