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Italian, 20th century, male.

Born 1926, in Milan; died 1981.

Collage artist, mixed media. Artists' books.

Arte Povera, Conceptual Art.

Vicenzo Agnetti's work has appeared in numerous group exhibitions of international contemporary art, including Documenta 5 in Kassel, Germany (1972) and Biennale in Venice (...

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American, 20th–21st century, female.

Born 19 November 1960, in L’Anse (Michigan).

Book artist, poet, performance artist, publisher, educator. Artists’ books, wallpaper.

Conceptual Art.

Sally Alatalo completed her undergraduate degree in fine art at Kansas City Art Institute in 1982 and her master’s degree in fine art at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in ...

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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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British, 20th century, male.

Born 1941, in Sheffield.

Sculptor, assemblage artist. Multimedia, artists’ books.

Conceptual Art.

Victor Burgin attended the Royal Academy of Art in London from 1962 to 1965 and Yale School of Art and Architecture from 1965 to 1967. He taught for a number of years at the Film and Photography School of Central London Polytechnic (now the University of Westminster). After spending 13 years in the USA, he returned to London and taught at Goldsmiths College. In addition to his work as an artist, he has also published several books on the theory of art. He is acknowledged as one of the driving forces behind the British photography school founded on semiology and psychoanalysis (rather than on sociology or the history of ideas)....

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Australian, 20th century, male.

Born 29 December 1939, in Geelong, Australia; died 29 September 1993, in New South Wales, Australia.

Conceptual artist, curator. Artists’ books

Art & Language.

Ian Burn attended the National Gallery School of Art in Melbourne, where he trained as a landscape and portrait painter. In ...

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French, 20th – 21st century, female.

Born 1953 , in Paris.

Installation artist, photographer, film producer. Artists’ books.

Conceptual Art, Art Narratif.

Starting from a narrative framework, Sophie Calle creates installations, books, films, and even CDs, illustrating an autobiographical experience or exploring the limits between private and public space. Texts accompany the photographs as part of the exhibit on the wall. Artists’ books she has published include: ...

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American, 20th–21st century, male.

Born 1931, in Pittsburgh; died 3 March 2005, in Pittsburgh.

Conceptual artist, mail artist, educator. Artists’ books.

Don Celender earned a BA in fine art from Carnegie Mellon University in 1956 and an art history PhD in 1963 from the University of Pittsburgh. He taught art for 40 years at Macalester College, St Paul, Minnesota. In ...

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French, 20th century, male.

Active in the USA from 1967.

Born 1934, in Oran, Algeria; died 1983.

Draughtsman, mixed media, performance artist. Artists' books.

Conceptual Art.

In 1967, Guy de Cointet left for the USA, where he worked as an assistant to Larry Bell in New York, before moving to Los Angeles. His work and his philosophy, derived from Structuralism, are connected to word-making signs, in experiments in books evolving towards images. The inventor of a new language, Guy de Cointet's artistic books and graphic works are close to concrete poetry: ...

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German, 20th century, female.

Active also active in the USA.

Born 1941, in Munich.

Draughtswoman, collage artist, mixed media. Artists' books.

Conceptual Art.

Darboven trained at Hamburg art school before leaving for New York in 1966, where she stayed for several years, later dividing her time between Hamburg and New York. One of the themes of conceptual art is the relationship between art and language, and this is the focus of the activities of the ...

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Italian, 20th century, male.

Born 1942, in Fano (Ancona).

Painter, watercolourist, pastellist, draughtsman, mixed media, collage artist. Multimedia, artists' books.

Mail Art, Conceptual Art..

Marcello Diotallevi studied electronics until the age of 20. He lived for some time in Rome, working as a restorer in the Vatican Museum and as a painter. In ...

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German, 20th–21st century, female.

Born 1961, in Karlsruhe.

Active in Amsterdam.

Installation artist, sculptor. Artists’ books

Conceptual Art.

Yvonne Dröge Wendel grew up in southern Germany and received her MA in education at the Westfälische Wilhelms Universität Münster in 1986. At age 26 she moved to the Netherlands to attend the Audio Visual Department of the Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam until ...

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French, 20th century, male.

Painter, draughtsman. Artists' books.

Conceptual Art.

Ernest T. has been represented in collective exhibitions, including: 2003, A Collection of 'Masterpieces', Borrowings, Pastiches, Copies, Quotations and Interpretations ( Une collection de 'chefs-d'oeuvre', emprunts, pastiches, copies, citations et interprétations), an exhibition dealing with the practice of appropriation in art, mainly from a European point of view, Fonds Régional d'Art Contemporain, Limoges; ...

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German, 20th century, male.

Born 1941, in Düsseldorf.

Assemblage artist, painter, draughtsman, photographer. Artists' books.

Conceptual Art.

A conceptual artist who was recognised in the 1960s, Hans-Peter Feldmann left the art world in 1976 and only resurfaced in the 1980s. He lives and works in Düsseldorf. He works from reproductions, photocopies or plaster busts, which he might paint and retouch. In his unsigned images and objects produced as series, he increases the references to his own culture. His work could also draw on the concept of plagiarism as a criticism of the world of art and culture, invaded by these mass-produced images....

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British, 20th – 21st century, male.

Born 1946, in London.

Painter (mixed media), sculptor, photographer. Artists' books.

Conceptual Art, Land Art.

After studying in London at St Martin's from 1966 to 1968, Hamish Fulton went on to study photography in 1969. Fulton is interested in landscape and has much in common with Land Art, although his approach is quite different. Unlike Richard Long - with whom he travelled in South America - Fulton does not intervene on site. He builds his work around the physical impression that a space leaves on the body when walking, first in timeless photographs with brief captions and then, from ...

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French, 20th century, male.

Active also active in the USA.

Born 29 June 1938, in Paris.

Sculptor, installation artist. Artists' books.

Conceptual Art.

Michel Gérard studied sculpture from 1954 to 1957 (some sources, such as Larousse, give 1975 to 1981) at the École des Arts Appliqués as a pupil of Zwobada. He later met Étienne-Martin, and then Stahly, with whom he worked for the Brussels Exposition Internationale of ...

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French, 20th century, male.

Born 13 May 1927, in Lyons.

Painter, sculptor, installation artist. Artists' books.

Conceptual Art, Art Narratif.

Paul-Armand Gette trained in chemistry, botany, zoology and crystallography at the University in Lyons which did not prepare him for a specifically artistic career. However, while working as a scientist, he began to paint in ...

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Horacio Safons

Argentine painter, sculptor, performance artist, conceptual artist, poet and illustrator. After studying in Buenos Aires at the Escuela Nacional de Bellas Artes and with Cecilia Marcovich and Tomás Maldonado, he quickly established a reputation for his scandalous views, attracting extreme disapproval and equally strong support. After delivering a lecture at the Juan Cristóbal bookshop, Buenos Aires, entitled ‘Alberto Greco y los pájaros’ he was briefly imprisoned for his ‘Communism and subversive acts’. On his release in the same year he travelled to Paris on a French government grant, selling drawings and watercolours in the cafés and studying painting with ...

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Polish, 20th century, male.

Installation artist.

Conceptual Art.

Jerzy Grzegorsky produces minimalist objects principally of wax. They are connected to culture and its instruments: books, paintings, sculptures. He participated in collective exhibitions, including: regularly in Poland, particularly at the International Artists Museum in Lódz, and in ...

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German, 20th century, female.

Born 4 February 1944, in Eberswalde, Germany.

Photographer. Architectural photography. Photobooks.

Düsseldorf School of Photography.

Conceptual Art.

From 1968 Candida Höfer worked as a portrait photographer for newspapers. She studied photography under Bernd and Hilla Becher at the Kunstakademie, Düsseldorf (...

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American, 20th century, male.

Born 7 August 1939, in Sharon (Pennsylvania); died 8 December 1996, in Richmond (Virginia).

Printmaker, painter, installation artist. Artists’ books.

Conceptual Art. Fluxus.

Davi Det Hompson was primarily known for making artists’ books, at a time in the 1970s when they had become a significant medium for artists in the Conceptualist tradition. Hompson studied at Anderson College in Indiana, and received an MFA in graphic design from Indiana University-Bloomington in ...