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(1930 – 2008), United Kingdom

Keith Arnatt Biography

Keith Arnatt was one of the UK’s leading artists during the emergence of conceptual art in the 1960’s and 1970’s. His work from this period explores the range of possibilities of meaning and function within art, as well as considering how the perception of an artwork operates in relation to the act of creating a work. The artist’s extensive use of photography during this time was mainly to record works whose physicality was connected to specific contexts. From 1973, Arnatt began to develop a growing interest in the camera as an instrument for art making, adopting the camera as his primary tool for producing art rather than simply documenting it. The artist’s subsequent photographic series underscore his analytic method of working, and reveal an observational style influenced by his awareness of the typological preoccupations of artists and photographers such as Bernd and Hilla Becher.

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Keith Arnatt was born in Oxford, UK in 1930. He died in Wales in 2008. Major solo exhibitions include Whitechapel Art Gallery, London, 1977, Arnolfini Gallery, Bristol, 1986, The Photographers’ Gallery, London, 1989, 2007, CAYC - Centro de Arte y Comunicación, Buenos Aires, 1992, XXI Bienal de São Paulo, 1991, Henry Moore Institute, Leeds, 2009, Tate Britain, London, 2013. Major group exhibitions include Seattle Art Museum, 1969, Camden Arts Centre, London, 1969, Tate Gallery, London, 1972, Hayward Gallery, London, 1972, MoMA - Museum of Modern Art, New York, 1970, Vancouver Art Gallery, 1970, Barbican Art Gallery, London, 1990, Whitechapel Art Gallery, London, 2001, Tate Britain, London, 2002, 2007, Fundació Joan Miró, Centre d’Estudis d’Art Contemporani, Barcelona, 2003, Kunsthalle Düsseldorf, 2004, Kunstmuseum Bern, 2006, MoMA PS1 Contemporary Art Center, New York, 2009, Royal Academy of Arts, London, 2011, Henry Moore Institute, Leeds, 2011, MOCA - Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, 2012.

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Keith Arnatt Featured Artworks

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Mirror-lined pit (grass bottom) by Keith Arnatt contemporary artwork photography
Keith ArnattMirror-lined pit (grass bottom), 1968First executed June 1969. An invisible hole revealed by my own shadow, 1968 Black and white vintage photograph,
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Artist's Piss by Keith Arnatt contemporary artwork photography
Keith ArnattArtist's Piss, 1970/20152 black and white photographs,
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Art as an Act of Retraction by Keith Arnatt contemporary artwork photography
Keith ArnattArt as an Act of Retraction, 1971/201512 black and white photographs
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Self-Burial with Mirror by Keith Arnatt contemporary artwork photography
Keith ArnattSelf-Burial with Mirror, 1969Black and white vintage photograph,
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Self-Burial by Keith Arnatt contemporary artwork photography
Keith ArnattSelf-Burial, 1969/20159 black and white photographs,
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Study, I am a Real Artist by Keith Arnatt contemporary artwork print
Keith ArnattStudy, I am a Real Artist, 1969-72Silver gelantin print
8.5 x 9 cm
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Notes from Jo by Keith Arnatt contemporary artwork photography
Keith ArnattNotes from Jo, 1991-95/2013C-print
40 x 34 cm
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Notes from Jo by Keith Arnatt contemporary artwork photography
Keith ArnattNotes from Jo, 1991-95/2013C-print
40 x 34 cm
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Keith Arnatt Recent Exhibitions

Keith Arnatt Represented By

Sprüth Magers contemporary art gallery in Berlin, Germany Sprüth Magers Berlin, London, Los Angeles

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