Fine Art Partners exclusively manage the estate of Keith Arnatt in collaboration with his son Matthew Arnatt.
Keith Arnatt (1930-2008) was among the most influential conceptual artist of the 60s and 70s working in the UK, later developing a photographic oeuvre of great distinction.
In 1967 Arnatt began to make so called `situations´ involving people (sometimes himself regarded as 'matter') as well as objects in landscapes. Famously these situations might depict acts of vanishing. For instance, in his well known `Self Burial´ (Television Interference Project, WDR, 1969) the artist was photographed as he disappeared by stages, feet first and expressionless, into the earth. Typical of the period 'Self Burial' was intended to be realised differently in different contexts - as an 'interference project' transmitted on live television; as a projected sequence; and as a series of nine photographic prints. Later, inspired by the photography of Walker Evans, August Sander and Diane Arbus, Arnatt began to explore documentary photography. He worked initially in black and white before moving into colour. One of his best known colour series is 'Notes from Jo' in which Arnatt photographed the reminder notes written to him by his wife. Arnatt reveals the beauty, intimacy and humour in these missives.
Arnatt´s exhibition career began in the late 1960s. He participated in shows such as '557,087', curated by Lucy Lippard, Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, 1969; `Information´, Museum of Modern Art, New York, 1970; `The New Art', Hayward Gallery, London, 1972; 'Seven Exhibitions', Tate Gallery, London, 1972. In 1991 he was part of the XXI Bienal de Sáo Paulo; exhibitions at Whitechapel Gallery, London, Kunsthalle Düsseldorf and Kunstmuseum Bern followed. In 2012 `Ends of the Earth´ opened at MOCA, Los Angeles, and subsequently toured to Haus der Kunst, Munich. Tate Britain has a solo display of his works until October 6, 2013.
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