Keywords is an exhibition based on Raymond Williams’s seminal study, of the same name about the vocabulary of culture and society. The exhibition, spanning a twenty year period from the first publication of the book in 1976 to the last year of Conservative rule in 1996, has a strong focus on British art of the 1980s and will include works by artists such as Helen Chadwick, Willie Doherty, David Hockney and Anish Kapoor.
Almost sixty works by artists such as Stuart Brisley, Helen Chadwick, Rita Donagh, Rotimi Fani-Kayode, David Hockney, Anish Kapoor, Peter Kennard, John Latham, Stephen McKenna, Carl Plackman, Donald Rodney, Jo Spence, Anne Tallentire and Stephen Willats are grouped in a relationship to key words from William’s book. Viewers are confronted with manifestations of words from Williams’s book including ‘Liberation’, ‘Violence’, ‘Unconscious’ and ‘Private’ in a specially designed space conceived by artist Luca Frei and designer Will Holder. Here visitors will be encouraged to discuss and debate the relationship between the words and the works.
Central to Keywords has been its public talks programme by major figures from the spheres of art, theory, activism and politics. To date this has included lectures by Linda Bellos on ‘Equality’, Douglas Crimp on ‘Theory’, Geeta Kapur on ‘Practice’, Leo Bersani on ‘Sex’ and Tony Bennett on ‘Culture’. This outstanding line up will continue with Baroness Lola Young on ‘Ethical’ in spring 2014.
The exhibition has been organised in partnership with Iniva – Institute of International Visual Arts, London where the first incarnation of Keywords was presented from 27 March – 18 May 2013.
Keywords is curated by Gavin Delahunty, Head of Exhibitions and Displays, Tate Liverpool and Grant Watson, Senior Curator and Research Associate, Iniva.
The exhibition runs from Feb 28th – May 11th 2014. £6/8 admission