Stephen Willats

Stephen Willats, born in 1943, is one of the most important and influential English artists of his generation, and repeatedly serves as a point of reference for the most current and contemporary directions in art. In the 1960s and early 1970s, he was one of the few serious proponents of international conceptual art in England.

Many books and exhibitions have focused on his work which today can be found in many European museums. Willats’ techniques include drawing, photographic documentation, and computer-driven communication devices and animation.

Important solo exhibitions may include Whitechapel Gallery and Raven Row in London (2014), the South London Gallery (2012), Badischer Kunstverein in Karlsruhe (2010), Tate Modern, London, and Museum für Gegenwartskunst in Siegen (2006), the Berlinische Galerie, Berlin (1993), the Museum of Modern Art, Oxford (1978), and the Stedelijk van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, The Netherlands (1980). Willats has also been part of numerous group exhibitions, involving Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Zurich (2013/14), Generali Foundation, Vienna (2013), Central Museum, Utrecht (2010; 2012), Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven (2008), the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (2008), the Ludwig Museum, Cologne (2007), the FRAC (1996; 1997), as well as Biennales in Berlin, Paris, Venice and Shanghai (1979; 1982; 2004; 2014).

Stephen Willats lives and works in London and has been the editor and publisher of Control Magazine since 1962.


Recent and upcoming exhibitions

The Showroom, London, England
Everything we see could also be otherwise (My sweet little lamb)
Solo exhibition
September 20 – November 11, 2017

Balice Hertling, Paris, France
Case Study
Solo exhibition
September 1 – October 7, 2017

Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art, Middlesbrough, England
Stephen Willats: Human Right
Solo exhibition
March 4 – June 4, 2017

Raven Row, London, England
This Way Out of England: Gallery House in Retrospect
Seven weekends of performances, screenings and discussions
February 9 – March 26, 2017

Galerie Thomas Schulte, Berlin, Germany
You Don't Need a Weatherman
Group exhibition
December 10, 2016 – January 28, 2017

ZKM Zentrum für Kunst und Medien, Karlsruhe, Germany
Kunst in Europa 1945 - 1968
Group exhibition
October 22, 2016 - January 1, 2017

Selected publications

Antony Hudek, Andrew Wilson
Stephen Willats: Control: Work 1962-69
Published by: Raven Row, 2014
ISBN: 978-0956173980

South London Gallery (Ed.)
Surfing With the Attractor
Published by: South London Gallery, 2012
ISBN: 978-1-898461-43-2

Stephen Willats
Artwork as Social Model: A Manual of Questions and Propositions
Published by: RGAP (Research Group for Artists Publications), 2012
ISBN: 978-0956902429

Anja Casser, Philipp Ziegler (Eds.)
Stephen Willats: Art Society Feedback
Published by: Verlag für Moderne Kunst, 2010
ISBN: 978-3-86984-124-3

Information on shows at the gallery

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