VICTOR BURGIN: On Paper

1 November - 6 December 2013

Richard Saltoun Gallery announces an exhibition of works by pioneering conceptual artist Victor Burgin (b. 1941). Encompassing his paper-based works from the late-60s to date, the exhibition will focus on his radical intervention into mainstream media through the interplay of text and image.

 

Victor Burgin first came to prominence in the late 1960s as an originator of Conceptual Art, when his work appeared in such key exhibitions as When Attitudes Become Form (1969) at the ICA London, and Information (1970) at MoMA, New York. He has since remained one of the most consistently influential artists and art theorists of his generation.

 

The exhibition features some key works from the 70s and 80s that deconstruct photographic images in relation to their juxtaposed texts, such as Framed (1977, from the series US 77), which subverts a Marlboro cigarette campaign, and Possession (1976), a series of 500 posters installed throughout the city of Newcastle upon Tyne showing a man and woman embracing next to the statement 'What does possession mean to you? / 7% of our population own 84% of our wealth'.

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