Marie YATES b. 1940

Marie YATES began her artistic career as a painter of large, hard-edge abstractions in the 1960s when she was living in St. Ives, England. She enrolled on the Fine Art BA course at Hornsey College of Art in 1968, soon after its famous protests and sit-ins. After befriending the artist John Latham, Yates began to develop her first landscape works, notable for their temporal nature and creation in contrast to the white, male Land artists working at the time. Inspired by the Arte Povera movement, and after her encounter with the seminal exhibition ‘When Attitudes Become Form’ curated by Harald Szeemann at the Bern Kunsthalle in 1969, Yates moved towards a more politicised and conceptual practice. She questioned the role of art within society, particularly in regards to issues of representation, signification and sexual difference, through text, photography, collage, performance and installation. 


Born in Manchester, Yates currently lives and works in Crete. Her first major solo exhibition was held at Arnolfini Gallery, Bristol in 1973, which followed participation in numerous solo and group exhibitions, including 'Virginia Woolf: An Exhibition Inspired by Her Writings,' Tate St. Ives, UK (2018); 'Throwing Stones,' Arnolfini, Bristol (2015); 'Hidden in Plain Site,' Plymouth City Museum (2013); ‘Difference: on representation and sexuality,’ New Museum, New York, touring to Chicago and London (1984-85); ‘ISSUE: Social Strategies by Women Artists,’ curated by Lucy Lippard, at the Institute of Contemporary Arts, London (1980); and ‘INNO 70 – Artists Placement Group,’ Hayward Gallery, London (1971). Her installations have appeared in many public sites across Britain and internationally, and her work features in the collections of private individuals, the Arts Council of England, the British Council and the Royal West of England Academy.


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