Keith Arnatt

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Keith Arnatt (1930 – 2008) was an artist. Arnatt's work is referred to by the art historian Charles Harrison (writing for 'Art as Idea', V&A, 1970) as ' ... developing during the mid 60s from a concern with Minimal paintings and sculptures posing gestalt problems, through involvement with elements of behaviour and performance to works often sited out of doors involving suspension or interruption of the spectator's expectations.' Arnatt's works, associated with conceptual art (see e.g., 'Six Years,The Dematerialization of the Art Object from 1966 to 1972', Lucy Lippard; 'In & Out of Amsterdam: Travels in Conceptual Art', 1960-1976, Cristoph Cherix) came to prominence in the late 60s. A number of works from this period, including 'Self-Burial (Television Interference Project)'1969 and 'Trouser-Word Piece (1972-89 version)' are in the Tate collection. Some materials, intended as documentation of proposals, that the artist gave to Robert Smithson, are reproduced on the LACMA website. Arnatt took part in a number of influential exhibitions of conceptual art including 'Konzeption-Conception, Städtichen Museum, Leverkusen', 1969; 'Information', Museum of Modern Art, New York, 1970; 'Umwelt-Akzente / Die Expansion der Kunst', Kunstkreis Monschau, 1970 and 'Art as Idea in England', CAYC (Centro de Arte y Comunicación), Buenos Aires, 1971.

From the late seventies and during the 80s Arnatt produced photographic series including portraits and landscape works. A number of these are reproduced by Tate from their collection.


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