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American, 20th century, male.

Born 24 January 1940, in New York.

Painter, sculptor, performance artist, video artist. Multimedia.

Body Art, Conceptual Art.

Vito Acconci was born in the Bronx, New York and lives and works in Brooklyn. He studied at Holy Cross College in Worcester, Massachusetts and at the University of Iowa. He has taught in various art schools and universities and in particular at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Yale University and the Parsons School of Design in New York....

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French, 20th – 21st century, male.

Born 1971, in Nanterre.

Draughtsman, sculptor.

Conceptual Art.

Albert lives and works in Paris and Nice. Stéphane Albert enquires into things and their relative individuality. He also plays upon the ordinariness of his family name, which he has made a subject of his work as an artist. He 'draws', which is to say, writes, copies of pages of books having characters by the name of Albert. By this process, he shows the desperation of the contemporary hero. In the same vein, he also produces formal duplicates in wood of various familiar objects (garbage, crates, palettes, rubble), achieving almost their dematerialisation before giving them a new singularity through his artistic gesture....

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French, 20th – 21st century, male.

Born 1954, in Albi.

Painter.

Conceptual Art, Mec'Art.

Group Untel.

Jean-Paul Albinet founded, with Philippe Cazal and Alain Snyers, the Untel group in 1975, whose multiple operations examined the everyday social, political, economic and intimate lives of the French in urban milieux. The most successful work of the group was undoubtedly ...

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Italian, 20th – 21st century, male.

Born 17 July 1947, in Milan.

Painter, sculptor, theorist.

Arte Povera, Conceptual Art.

Adriano Altamira put forward his first critical observations on the phenomena of vision in 1967. Next he began to use minimalist structures, plaits and interlacings, like some of the methods used in France by the ...

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Pakistani, 20th century, male.

Active in Britain.

Born 1935, in Karachi.

Installation artist, painter, sculptor.

Conceptual Art.

Araeen initially studied to be a civil engineer. He has exhibited in Karachi, New York and in a number of British cities. His work often addresses issues facing ethnic groups in Britain. He is also a writer and editor and founded the ...

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Francis Summers

Pakistani conceptual artist, sculptor, painter, writer and curator, active in England. He graduated in civil engineering from the University of Karachi in 1962 and moved to London in 1964. He began working as an artist without any formal training, producing sculptures influenced by Minimalism and by his engineering experience; the four-part ...

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Japanese, 20th century, male.

Active in the USA since 1961.

Born 6 July 1936, in Nagoya (Aichi Prefecture).

Painter.

Conceptual Art.

Neo-Dadaist Organisers group.

Shusaku Arakawa studied medicine and mathematics at Tokyo University (1954-1958) and art at Musashino Art University, Tokyo. He began his career in the 1960s when he concerned himself with the representation of impossible space, which corresponded to Marcel Duchamp’s scientific interest in the fourth dimension. In 1960 he was involved in anti-art and Neo-Dadaism in Tokyo and produced his first happenings....

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Portuguese, 20th century, male.

Born 1934; died 1978.

Painter.

Conceptual Art.

Compared with other Portuguese artists, Antonio Areal was relatively isolated. After a period in which his work was Informel, yet close to the experiments in Surrealism, he wrote an important work on Conceptual Art....

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British, 20th century, male.

Painters, installation artists.

Conceptual Art.

The term Art & Language was coined in England in 1968 by Terry Atkinson, David Bainbridge, Michael Baldwin and Harold Hurrell, who had already collaborated on various projects. In 1971, Ian Burn and Mel Ramsden joined this group of conceptual artists, along with Philip Pilkington, David Rushton and Charles Harrison. In May ...

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American, 20th century, male.

Born 1943, in Los Angeles; died 14 October 2012.

Painter.

Conceptual Art.

Michael Asher studied at the University of California, Irvine, and now lives and works in Los Angeles and in Venice. Like many Conceptual artists, he addresses the issue of how artefacts are presented and viewed, and negates the role of the artist. With his contribution to ...

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British, 20th century, male.

Born 1939, in Barnsley (Yorkshire).

Painter, assemblage artist, mixed media.

Conceptual Art.

Art & Language group.

Terry Atkinson was born in Thurnscoe, Yorkshire in 1939. He studied at Barnsley Art School from 1959 to 1964 and then completed a degree at the Slade School of Art. He taught at the Art Colleges in Birmingham and then Coventry. He is currently a tutor at the school of fine art at the University of Leeds, and much of his own work is made in the studio provided at Leeds....

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Morgan Falconer

British painter and sculptor. He studied at the Slade School of Art (1960–4). Atkinson first came to prominence as part of the conceptual art group Art and Language, of which he was a founding member, in 1967. His work at that time included both essays for the group’s journal and discussion, which resulted in works exhibited under the group’s name. Gradually he began to grow apart from the group’s interest in Conceptualism and he left in ...

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British, 20th century, male.

Born 1941, in Barnsley (Yorkshire).

Painter, assemblage artist, mixed media.

Conceptual Art.

Art & Language group.

David Bainbridge prefers analysing the mechanisms of artistic expression rather than the realisation of art itself. From 1970, he exhibited with the Art & Language...

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American, 20th century, male.

Born 17 June 1931, in National City (California).

Painter, video artist, photographer. Artist’s books.

Conceptual Art.

John Baldessari lives and works in Santa Monica, California. At the end of the 1950s, he decided to abandon painting and burned his pictures. He has stated that he profoundly disagreed with art in general, and therefore decided to give people what they understood best: written language and photography....

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German, 20th – 21st century, male.

Active in Hamburg.

Born 1957, in Fritzlar.

Sculptor, draughtsman. Figures, portraits.

Stephan Balkenhol was a pupil of Ulrich Rückriem. Influenced by Minimal Art and Conceptual Art, Balkenhol's mode of expression is nonetheless figurative. He carves in wood (often birch), later painting it to produce heads or large figures, which he sometimes integrates into city life as trompe-l'oeils in squares or buildings. His sculptures are monumental in three dimensions or almost flat, painted casually and still bearing the mark of the burin. They do not represent specific beings but people encountered in the crowd, distinguishable in their physiognomies, and sometimes by the colours of their clothes. In the same way, he presents animals such as penguins, snails, bears or lions, setting them in group scenes. He started to add a symbolic note to his work with ...

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M. Dolores Jiménez-Blanco

Spanish painter . He studied at the Escuela de Bellas Artes in Barcelona from 1974 and produced his early work in the context of conceptual art groups in Mallorca. He achieved international recognition at an early age, taking part in major group exhibitions such as Documenta 7...

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Eduardo Serrano

Colombian painter, sculptor and conceptual artist. He studied at the Escuela de Bellas Artes of the University of Atlántico in Barranquilla, Colombia, from 1958 to 1960, and in Italy from 1966 to 1967 at the University of Perugia. In 1966, under the influence of Pop art, he made the first of a series of collages combining cut-outs of well-known individuals and comic strips with drawn elements. Two years later he added frosty effects and velvet flowers to his interpretations in black and red ink of figures with distorted bodies and the faces of film stars. In ...

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American, 20th century, male.

Born 1936, in New York.

Painter.

Conceptual Art.

Robert Barry was a student of Robert Motherwell at Hunter College until 1963, and began exhibiting in New York in 1964. In his early pictures, Robert Barry introduced the environment: 'I am becoming concerned about the whole situation, instead of simply making a painting', he said. When he exhibited at Bradford College (Massachusetts) in ...

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American, 20th century, female.

Born 1941, in Long Beach (California).

Painter (mixed media).

Minimal Art, Conceptual Art, New Image.

Jennifer Bartlett grew up in Long Beach, and the ocean has always been a constant in her work. Her early work is midway between Minimalist and Conceptualist. Starting with a pattern of small dots screenprinted onto a series of identical steel plaques, she painted dotted lines in enamel, the number of dots in each line being calculated on the basis of a strict mathematical scheme. The concept of series was already prominent in this early phase. In the series entitled ...

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British, Canadian, 20th–21st century, male.

Born 16 November 1936, in Middlesbrough.

Painter, sculptor.

Conceptual Art.

N.E. Thing Co.

Iain Joseph Wilson Baxter immigrated to Calgary with his parents a year after his birth. He obtained a bachelor of science in zoology in 1959 and a master of education in ...