Artists

Stephen Willats

Stephen Willats, born in 1943, London, is one of the most important and influential British artists of his generation. His artistic position frequently serves as a point of reference for the latest developments in contemporary art. Since the 1960’s he has been examining the function and meaning of art in society, a project fuelled by his interest in cybernetics and Black Box theories. Willats’ wide range of preferred artistic mediums include drawing, photographic documentation, wall installations, and computer-driven communication devices and animation. Willats often uses diagrams as tools to illustrate the dynamic flow of information and relations within social networks. He sees diagrams as speculative instruments and as a means to describe social relationships and depict new philosophical, social and ideological points of view.

Since 1962, Willats has been the editor and publisher of Control Magazine. Important solo exhibitions include the Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art (2017), The Swedish Contemporary Art Foundation, Stockholm (2016), Museo Tamayo Arte Contemporáneo (2015), Whitechapel Gallery (2014), Raven Row, London (2014), Modern Art Oxford (2013), DAAD Galerie, Berlin (2013), South London Gallery (2012), Badischer Kunstverein, Karlsruhe (2010), Tate Modern (2006), and Museum für Gegenwartskunst in Siegen (2006). Willats has also been part of numerous group exhibitions, including the ZKM, Karlsruhe (2016/17), Tate Britain (2016), Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin (2016), Berlinische Galerie (2015), Museum van Hedendaagse Kunst, Antwerp (2015), Shanghai Biennale (2014), MIGROS, Zurich (2013/14), Generali Foundation, Vienna (2013), Central Museum, Utrecht (2010; 2012), Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven (2008), the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (2008), Museum Ludwig, Cologne (2007). His work is part of numerous international public collections including Generali Foundation, Vienna, Southampton City Art Gallery & Museum, The Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, the Tate, Stedelijk Museum, Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, Contemporary Art Society, London, The Arts Council of England, Victoria & Albert Museum, The British Museum, Städtische Galerie Stuttgart, Museum of Contemporary Art, Utrecht, FRAC Rhone-Alpes, Middlesbrough Art Gallery, South London Art Gallery, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Fonds National d’Art Contemporain, Museum Folkwang, and Museum Ludwig, Cologne. Stephen Willats lives and works in London.

 

EDUCATION
since 1965 Editor and publisher of Control Magazine
1972–73 Director of the Centre of Behavioural Art, Gallery House, London
1962–63 Ealing School of Art, England

GRANTS and AWARDS
1991 Stephen Willats Printed Archive established at Victoria & Albert Museum, London
1979–80 DAAD Fellowship, Berlin

selected  SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2019
Migros Museum, Zurich, Switzerland

2018
Control at Tate Liverpool, Tate Liverpool, England

2017
Human Right, Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art, Middlesbrough, England

2016
Conversations with Buildings, Galerie Reinhard Hauff, Stuttgart, Germany
Inside The Night, Galerie Balice Hertling, Paris, France
This Way, Index, The Swedish Contemporary Art Foundation, Stockholm, Sweden

2015
Step Change,
Lumen Travo Gallery, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Publishing Interventions, Tenderbooks, London, England
Man From The Twenty-First Century, Museo Tamayo Arte Contemporáneo, Mexico City, Mexico

2014
Berlin Local, MD72, Berlin, Germany
How Tomorrow Looks From Here, daadgalerie, Berlin, Germany
Attracting the Attractor
, Anne Mosseri-Marlio Galerie, Basel, Switzerland
CONCRETE BLOCK drawing and works on paper, MOT INTERNATIONAL, Brussels, Belgium
Control. Work 1962-1969, Raven Row, London, England
Concerning Our Present Way of Living, Whitechapel Gallery, London, England
Representing the Possible, Victoria Miro, London, England

2013/14
Living for Tomorrow, Balice Hertling, Paris, France

2013
World without Objects, Annie Gentils Gallery, Antwerp, Belgium
World of Objects, Galerie Reinhard Hauff, Stuttgart, Germany
Inseldasein – Daad Galerie, Berlin, Germany
Conscious – Unconscious, Modern Art Oxford, Oxford, England
World without Objects, Annie Gentils Gallery, Antwerp, Belgium          

2012
SECRET LANGUAGE THE CODE BREAKERS, Galerie Thomas Schulte, Berlin
Surfing with the Attractor, South London Gallery, London, England
Lumen Travo, Amsterdam, Netherlands

2011
The Strange Attractor, Reena Spaulings Fine Art, New York, USA
The Information Nomad, MOT International, London, England
talking city, Centre d’Art Passerelle, Brest, France
The West London Social Resource Project Public Monitor 1972, CHELSEA space, London, England

2010
Street Diagram
, Galerie Thomas Schulte, Berlin, Germany
Stephen WillatsCounterconciousness, Badischer Kunstverein, Karlsruhe, Germany
The world as it is and the world as it could be, Victoria Miro, England
In Two Minds, Galerie Erna Hécey, Brussels, Belgium

2009
Cybernetic Still Life, Balicehertling, Paris, France
In and Out the Underworld, European Kunsthalle, Cologne, Germany
Assumptions and IdentityIdentity and Assumptions, Lumen Travo, Amsterdam Netherlands
The Ideological Diagram, Galerie Christian Nagel, Cologne, Germany

2008
The Architecture of Stephen Willats, Westfälisches Landesmuseum für Kunst- und Kulturgeschichte, Münster, Germany
Democratic Mosaics and Conceptual Towers, Galerie Thomas Schulte, Berlin, Germany

2007
Person to Person. People to People. Stephen Willats, Milton Keynes Gallery, England
Stephen Willats. Just between People, Galerie Reinhard Hauff, Stuttgart, Germany
The Speculative Diagram, CASCA, Utrecht, Netherlands

2006
Stephen Willats Multiple Clothing: MessageInteractionExchange (1965-1998), Tate Modern, London, England
Wie die Welt ist und wie sie sein könnte: Stephen Willats, Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Siegen, Germany
From My Mind to Your Mind, Victoria Miro Gallery, London, England
Going Home, MOT International, London, England
Publishing Interventions, Connor Dolon Books, Herald St Gallery, London, England

2005
Stephen Willats-Street Talk Amsterdam, Galerie Lumen Travo, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Multichannel Life, Galerie Christian Nagel, Cologne, Germany                                              

2004
Messages from the Polemical City, Galerie Thomas Schulte, Berlin, Germany

2003
Personal Encounters in Your Imagination, Galerie Reinhard Hauff, Stuttgart, Germany
Random Networks, ARTLAB 27 at Imperial College, London, England
Liverpool Biennal of Contemporary Art, Liverpool, England

2002
Through your symbolic world, Victoria Miro Gallery, London, England
Cognitive Control, Institute of Visual Culture, Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, England

2001
Traces and Signs, Galerie Lumen Travo, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Rencontres et Cooperations 1970-2000, Galerie Gabrielle Maubrie, Paris, France
Man From The Twenty First Century. Nottingham 1970-71, Clinique, London, England

2000
Macro to Micro, Gallery Laure Genillard, London, England
Live in your Head, Whitechapel Art Gallery, London, England

1999
Multichannel Vision, Galerie Reinhard Hauff, Stuttgart, Germany

1998
Multicult Berlin, Galerie Franck & Schulte, Berlin, Germany
Random Encounter, Southampton City Art Gallery, England
Blind Date With Reality, Galerie Bandstetter & Wyss, Zurich, Switzerland
Changing Everything, South London Art Gallery, London, England
Creative Force, Mappin Art Gallery, Sheffield, England
Concepts, Strategies & Models 1962-65, Gimpel Fils, London, England

1997
Street Talk, Victoria Miro Gallery, London, England
Between Me and You, Middlesbrough Art Gallery, England
MULTICULT, Galerie Lumen Travo, Amsterdam, Netherlands

1996
Du Hasard A l’Accord
, Galerie Gabrielle Maubrie, Paris, France
In Response to Each Other, Galerie Brandstetter & Wyss, Zurich, Switzerland

1995
A State of Agreement, Galerie Franck + Schulte, Berlin, Germany
Living Together, Tramway Visual Arts, Glasgow, England
Writing on the Wall, Reinhard Hauff at Galerie Archim Kubinski, Stuttgart, Germany
Writing on the Wall, Galerie Kaj Forsblom, Helsinki, Finland

1994
Urban Nomads, Galerie Gabrielle Maubrie, Paris, France
Fateful combinations, The British School at Rome, Rome, Italy
Random Life, The British School at Rome, Rome, Italy
Museum Mosaic, Tate Gallery, Liverpool, England
Private Journeys, Heston Farm Estate, The Comunity Hall, Fenton House, Biscoe
Close, Heston, Middlesex, London, England
Into the infrastructure, Galerie Lumen Travo, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Taking the Short Cut, St. Church Hall, Roydon/Essex, England
Multiple Clothing, Daniel Buchholz, Cologne, Germany

1993
Buildings and People, Goethe Institute, London, England
Walking Between Objects, Galerie Franck & Schulte, Berlin, Germany
Buildings and People, Berlinische Galerie, Berlin, Germany
Multiple Clothing, Institute of Contemporary Art, London, England
Meta FilterA State of Agreement, The Tate Gallery, London, England

1992
Signs of Living, Galerie Gabrielle Maubrie, Paris, France

1991
Publishing Interventions, 1963-1991, National Art Library, Victoria and Albert Museum, London, England
Conceptual Living, Victoria Miro Gallery, London, England
Book Mosaic, Academic Bookstore, Helsinki, Finland

1990
Stephen Willats, Galerie Barbara Farber, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Mosaics, Galerie Kaj Forsblom, Helsinki, Finland
Multichannel Vision, Galerie Reinhard Hauff, Stuttgart, Germany

1989
Secret Language, Cornerhouse Gallery, Manchester, England

1988
Transformers, Laing Art Gallery, London, England
Code Breakers, Torch Gallery, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Galerie Ralph Wernicke, Stuttgart, Germany

1987
Contemporary Living, Museum van Hedendaagse Kunst, Gent, Belgium
Between Objects and People, Leeds City Art Gallery, Leeds, England
Concepts and Projects Bookworks, Nigel Greenwood Books, London, England

1986
Fragments of Modern Living, Galerie Tanja Grunert, Cologne, Germany
Concepts and Models, ICA, London, England
Groeten uit het moderne leven, Museum van Heedendaagse Kunst, Utrecht, Netherlands
Grüße vom Modernen Leben, Städtische Galerie, Regensburg, Germany
Vier Huizen in Den Haag, Haags Gemeentemuseum, Netherlands
Striking Back, Mappin Art Gallery, Sheffield, England
City of Concrete, Ikon Gallery, Birmingham, England

1985
Double Crossing, Ralph Wernicke Gallery, Stuttgart, Germany
Doppelgänger, Lisson Gallery, London, England

1984
Means of Escape, Rochdale Art Gallery, Greater Manchester, England
Another City, Riverside Studios, London, England

1983
Inside the Night, Lisson Gallery, London, England
Angst in den Straßen,  Rüdiger Schöttle Galerie, Munich, Germany
Under Cover, Arnolfini Gallery, Bristol, England

1982
Meta Filter and Related Works, Tate Gallery, London, England
The New Reality, Orchard Gallery, London, England

1981
4 Inseln in Berlin, Neue Nationalgalerie, Berlin, Germany; Goethe Institute, London, England
Mens en Omgeving, De Beyerd Cetrum voor beeldende Kunst, Breda, Netherlands

1980
The Lurky Place, Galerie Jürgen Schweinebraden, Berlin, Germany
Concerning Our Present Way of Living, Stedelijk van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, Netherlands
Four Professionals, Lisson Gallery, London, England
Berlin Wall Drawings, Galerie Rudiger Schöttle, Munich, Germany

1979
Concerning Our Present Way of Living, Whitechapel Art Gallery, London, England

1978
Question about Ourselves, Lisson Gallery, London, England
Living within Contained Relationships, Museum of Modern Art, Oxford, England

1977
Life Codes and Behaviour Parameters, The Midland Group Gallery, Nottingham, England
Social Structures: The Perception of Context, Stampa Gallery, Basel, Switzerland
Attitudes within Four Relationships, Lisson Gallery, London, England

1976
Life Codes and Behaviour Parameters, The Midland Group Gallery, Nottingham, England

1975
Coding Structure and Bahaviour Parameters, Massimo Minini, Gallery Banco, Bresco, Italy
Meta Filter (A State of Agreement), The Gallery, London, England

1974
Life Codes and Behaviour Parameters, Gallery December, Nuster, Germany

1973
The Artist as an Instigator of Changes in Sicial Cognition and Behaviour, Gallery House, London, England

1968
Visual Automatics & Visual Transmitters, Museum of Modern Art, Oxford, England

1964
Chester Beatty Research Centre, London, England

 

seleted GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2017
Everything we see could also be otherwise (My sweet little lamb), The Showroom, London, England
Case Study, Balice Hertling, Paris, France
This Way Out of England: Gallery House in Retrospect. Seven weekends of performances, screenings and discussions, Raven Row, London, England

2016/17
Kunst in Europa 1945-1968, ZKM Karlsruhe, Karlsruhe, Germany

2016
Conceptual Art in Britain: 1964–1979, Tate Britain, London, England
Crossing Media: Good Space — Political, Aesthetic and Urban Spaces, Villa Merkel, Galerien der Stadt Esslingen am Neckar, Germany
Nervous Systems, Quantified Life and the Social Question, HKW Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin, Germany

2015
Annexes. Books, editions & vitrines and a new presentation of “Berlin Local” (curated by_Catherine Chevalier and Benjamin Hirte), Galerie Emanuel Layr, Vienna, Austria
The Social Register, Park View, Los Angeles, CA, USA
Subtle Patterns of Capital (curated by_Barnabás Bencsik), Georg Kargl Fine Arts, Vienna, Austria
Radically Modern, Berlinische Galerie, Berlin, Germany
The Welfare State, M HKA Museum van Hedendaagse Kunst Antwerpen, The Netherlands

2014
Teach Us To Outgrow Our Madness, Galerie Thomas Schulte, Berlin, Germany
10th Shanghai Biennale, Social Factory, Shanghai, China
Living With A LOT OF Art, Galerie Reinhard Hauff, Stuttgart, Germany
West:Berlin, Ephraim-Palais | Stiftung Stadtmuseum Berlin, Germany
Sleeping Producers, with Lisl Ponger and Christoph Schäfer (curated by Matteo Lucchetti), Charim Galerie, Vienna, Austria
Was Modelle können. Eine kleine Geschichte des Architekturmodells in der zeitgenössischen Kunst, Museum für Gegenwartskunst Siegen, Siegen, Germany
Nouvelle Génération, FRAC, Dunkerque, France
Bibliologie, FRAC Haute-Normandie, Sotteville-lès-Rouen, France

2013/14
Collection on Display, Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst , Zürich, Switzerland
Pop Art Design, Barbican, London, England

2013
Prologue. Part One: References, Paperclips and the Cha Cha Cha, ar/ge kunst. Galerie Museum, Bolzano, Italy
13th Istanbul Biennial: Mom, am I Barbarian?, Antrepo no. 3, Istanbul, Turkey
Les Nouvelles Babylones, Centre d’Art du Parc Saint Léger, Pougues-les-Eaux, France
In Bewegung, Kunsthaus Bregenz, Bregenz, Austria
Vertical Club, Bortolami, New York, USA
A World of Wild Doubt, Kunstverein in Hamburg, Hamburg, Germany
Inseldasein, Daad Galerie, Berlin, Germany
The Content of Form, Generali Foundation, Vienna, Austria

2012
A drawing while waiting for an Idea, Large Glass, London, England
Reflecting Fashion: Kunst und Mode seit der Moderne, Museum Moderner Kunst, Wien, Austria (Exh. Cat.)
Living with Art, Galerie Reinhard Hauff, Stuttgart, Germany
God save the Queen, Central Museum, Utrecht, Netherlands
Préférences Système, Galerie Martainville, Rouen, France
Salvo, Annie Gentils Gallery, Antwerp, Belgium

2011/12
Zeit zu handeln! Werke aus dem Migros Museum, Zürich, Kunsthalle Krems, Krems, Austria

2011
Aftermath: Objects from Projects,Chelsea Space, Chelsea College of Art and Design, London, England
A Portrait of the Artist As a Young Man, Galerie Reinhard Hauff, Stuttgart, Germany
Balice Hertling & Lewis, Front Desk Apparatus, New York, USA
Stay Hungry, Kleingartenkolonie am Potsdamer Güterbahnhof, Berlin, Germany

2010
The Logic of Association, MOMA PS1, New York, USA (until April 4, 2011)
camera, light, action, abc (art berlin contemporary), Marshall House, Berlin, Germany
Hayward Touring Curatorial Open II, Quad Gallery, Derby, England (travelling to Oriel Mostyn Gallery, North Wales 22.11.2010 – 03.01.2011 and Leamington Spa Art Gallery & Museum, Leamington Spa, England 17.02. –17.04.2011)
Lisson presents 7, Lisson Gallery, London, England
Goodbye London – Radical Art and Politics in the Seventies, ngbk, Berlin, Germany
Modernologies – Contemporary Artists Researching Modernity and Modernism, Museum of Modern Art, Warsaw, Poland
Moving Images. Artists & Video / Film, Museum Ludwig, Cologne, Germany
Unresolved Matters. Social Utopias Revisited, Centraal Museum, Utrecht, Netherlands

2009
7 x 14, Jubiläumsausstellung, Kunsthalle Baden-Baden, Germany
DIE MODERNE ALS RUINEEine Archäologie der Gegenwart, Generali Foundation, Vienna,    Austria; Kunstmuseum Liechtenstein, Vaduz, Liechtenstein
Oppositions & Dialogues, Kunstverein Hannover, Germany
Modernologies – Contemporary Artists Researching Modernity and Modernism, MACBA Museum d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain

2008
The Speculative Diagram, Casco Office for Art, Design and Theory, Utrecht, Netherlands
Sammlung/Collection,  migros museum für gegenwartskunst, Zurich, Switzerland
Be(com)ing Dutch, Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, Netherlands
Social Diagrams. Planning Reconsidered, Künstlerhaus Stuttgart, Germany
Manifesta 7, Trentino, Austria
The Art of Participation, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, USA

2007
The Secret Public. The last days of the British Underground 1978-1988, ICA Institute of Contemportary Arts, London, England
What does the jellyfish want?, Museum Ludwig, Cologne, Germany
Beyond the Wall, Stiftung Brandenburger Tor, Berlin, Germany
Panic Attack! Art in the Punk Years, Barbican Gallery, London, England
Centre of the Creative Universe. Liverpool and the Avant-garde, Tate Liverpool, England

2006
The Secret Public. Last Days of the British Underground 1978-1988, Kunstverein München,
Munich, Germany
Art Link, Göteborgs Konsthall Göteborg, Sweden
Medium Fotografie, Galerie Stampa, Basel, Switzerland

2005
Kritische Gesellschaften, Badischer Kunstverein, Karlsruhe, Germany
Borders Dialogues, Barents Art Triennial, Kirkenes, Norway
Wie Gesellschaft und Politik ins Bild kommen, Generali Foundation, Vienna, Austria
20: TWENTY. A Timeline of Cornerhouse Exhibitions 1985-2005, Cornerhouse Manchester, England
International Centre for Contemporary Visual Arts and Film, Manchester, England
Faltering Flame, Graves Art Gallery, Sheffield, England

2004
L´Air du TempsCollection printemps/été 2004, Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Zurich, Switzerland
Streets, Galerie Lumen Travo, Amsterdam, Netherlands
70/90. Engagierte Kunst, Neues Museum, Nürnberg, Germany
Re: Location. 1-7 Shake, Halle für Kunst, Lüneburg, Germany
Art & the 60s. This Was Tomorrow, Tate Gallery, London, England (travelled to Birmingham City Art Museum, England)
La Collection Continue, FRAC Corse, Centre Culturel Una Volta, Bastia, France
Vanishing Points: Landscape Art Beyond The Horizon, Southampton City Art Gallery, England
3rd Berlin Biennal, Berlin, Germany

2003
Independence, South London Gallery, London, England
Urban Codes, code/decoder, Espace de l’Art Concret, Chateau de Mourans, Mourans-Sartoux, France
Art for Networks, Turnpike Gallery, Leigh, Greater Manchester, England
Bewitched Bothered and Bewildered, Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Zurich, Switzerland
In Portraiture Irrelevance is Ugliness, Galerie Reinhard Hauff, Stuttgart, Germany
Collection 001, FRAC Rhones-Alpes, Institute d’Art Contemporain, Villeurbanne, France
In Portraiture Irrelevance Is Ugliness, Museum Schloss Hardenberg, Velbert-Neviges, Germany
Air Guitar. Reconsidering Rock Music, Tullie House Museum & Art Gallery, Carlisle, England

2002
Blast to Freeze, British Art in the Twentieth Century, Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg, Germany
Art for Networks, Chapter, Cardiff, Wales (travelled to The Fruit Market Gallery, Edinburgh, Scotland)
Air Guitar: Art Reconsidering, Milton Keynes Gallery, England
The Gap Show, Museum am Ostwall, Dortmund, Germany
Private Views, London Print Studio, London, England

2001
City Racing. A Partial Account, Institute of Contemporary Art, London, England
Conception. Conceptual Documents 1968-72, Norwich Gallery, England
Double Vision, Galerie für Zeitgenössische Kunst, Leipzig, Germany
Antagonisms, Musee d’Art Contemperani de Barcelona, Spain
Arbeit Essen Angst, Kokerei Zollverein, Essen, Germany
The Map Is Not The Territory, England & Co, London, England
Video Evidence, Southhampton City Art Gallery, England
Video Project Space, Anthony Wilkinson Gallery, London, England
Works on Paper. Acconci to Zittel, Victoria Miro Gallery, London, England
Selbst Porträt, Schloss Agathenburg, Agathenburg, Germany
Stadsgezichten. Amsterdam vereeuwigd 1901-2001, Amsterdams Historisch Museum, Netherlands

2000
Democracy, Royal College of Art, London, England
Protest and Survive, Whitechapel Art Gallery, London, England
ein/räumen, Hamburger Kunsthalle, Germany
Raw, Victoria Miro Gallery, London, England

1999
Bildung, Grazer Kunstverein, Austria
Nur Wasser lässt sich leichter schneiden, exhibition at the harbour in Hamburg, Germany
Borderline Pilot, Museum van Bommel van Dam, Venlo, Netherlands

1998
Addressing the Century, 100 Years of Art & Fashion, Hayward Gallery, London, England

1997
The Grand Design, The Art of the Victoria and Albert Museum, Baltimore Museum of Art, USA
Sous le manteau, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris, France
In Every Moment Everywhere, Porin Taidemuseo, Pori, Finland
C’est ici que nous vivons, FRAC Rhones-Alpes, Villeurbanne, France
Photographie d’une Collection 3/97, Caisse des Depots et Consignations, Paris, France

1996
Les Contes de Fees se terminent bien, FRAC Haute-Normandie, Chateau du Val Freneuse,
Sotteville-sous-le-Val, France
Radikale Images, 2nd Austrian Triennal for Photography, Neue Galerie Graz, Austria
Everybody`s Talking, Gemeentemuseum Helmond, Helmond, Netherlands

1995
Ars 95 Helsinki, Helsinki, Finland
La Transparence Dans L’Art Du Xxe Siecle, Museum des Beaux-Arts Malraux, Le Havre, France
The Edge of Town, Joseloff Gallery, University of Hartford, Hartford, Conneticut, USA
Mapping Knowledge, The Minories Gallery, Colchester, England
I don`t actually have to go, Galerie Lumen Travo, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Imprint 93, City Racing, London, England
Temples, Victoria Miro Gallery, London, England
Ideal Standard Summertime, Lisson Gallery, London, England
Paste-up, Past & Present, Kent Gallery, New York, USA

1994
Outsiders, Camerawork, London, England
Visione Bitannica, Valentina Moncada, Rome, Italy
Concepual Living, Rhizome, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Sarah Staton Super Store Boutique, Laure Genillard Gallery, London, England
Looking at Words: Reading Pictures, Elms Lester Painting Rooms, London, England
Lesezimmer II, Künstlerhaus Stuttgart, Germany

1993
Out of Sight Out of Mind, Lisson Gallery, London, England
The Ideal Place, HCAK Den Haag, Netherlands
Sixties Art Scene in London, Barbican Art Gallery, London, England
Public and Private, Stills Gallery, Edinburgh, Scotland

1992
Wasteland, Photographic Biennial Rotterdam, Netherlands
Real Stories, Museet fur Photokunst Odense, Denmark
Instructions and Diagrams, Victoria Miro Gallery, London, England

1991
Past Continuous, Artistic Trust, Bath Festival Exhibition, England
Oikos, Galerie Gabrille Maubrie, Paris, France
Excavating the Present, Kettles Yard Gallery, Cambridge, England
Shocks to the System, ACGB Touring Exhibition, South Bank Centre, London, England
Concrete Window, Galerie Montevideo, Antwerp, Belgium

1990
Art Creating Society, Museum of Modern Art, Oxford, England

1989
Invisible City, Leeds City Art Gallery, Leeds, England
Tekons Van Verzet, Beeld Museum Fodor, Amsterdam, Netherlands

1988
New Urban Landscape, World Financial Centre, Battery Park, New York, USA
New Reform Retrospective 1970-79, Cultural Centre, Aalst, Belgium
British Modernist Painting, Birch & Conran Fine Art, London, England
Beyond the City, The Metropolis, Triennale di Milano, Italy
What is good appears, and what appears is good, Galerie Tanja Grunert, Cologne, Germany
100 years of British Art, Leeds City Art Gallery, England
Galerie Rüdiger Schöttle, Munich, Germany

1987
Art and Craft made and designed in the Twentieth Century, Laing Art Gallery, Newcastle upon Tyne, England

1986
The Art of Peace Biennale, Kunstverein Hamburg, Germany
Eye Level, Stedelijk van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, Netherlands
Androgyn, Akademie der Künste, Berlin, Germany
Beyond the Cita, The Metropolis, Triennale di Milano, Italy

1985
Watch Your Step, Whitworth Gallery, Manchester, England
Scultural Alternatives, 1965-82, Tate Gallery, London, England
The British Art Show, National Art Gallery, Wellington, New Zealand
Human Interest, Cornerhouse, Manchester, England
The British Show, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Australia
Summer in the City, Ikon Gallery, Birmingham, England

1984
Strip Language, Gimpel Fils Gallery, London, England

1983
New Art at the Tate Gallery, Tate Gallery, London, England
The Sculpure Show, Hayward Gallery, London, England
Place, Gimpel Fils Gallery, London, England

1982
PastPresentFuture, Württembergischer Kunstverein, Stuttgart, Germany
Erweiterte Photographie, Wiener Secession, Vienna, Austria
London-New York, Lisson Gallery, London, England
Aperto 82, Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy
Contemporary Choice, Contemporary Art Society Exhibition, Serpentine Gallery, London, England
Noi altriWir anderen, Städtische Galerie Regensburg, Germany

1981
Die Kehrseite der Wunschbilder, Bonner Kunstverein, Germany
Sculpure in the Twentieth Century, Whitechapel Art Gallery, London, England
Kunst und Politik, Badischer Kunstverein, Karlsruhe, Germany

1980
Artist and Camera, Mappin Art Gallery, Sheffield, England

1979
Un Certain Art Anglais, ARC 2, Museum of Modern Art, Paris, France
Anglo-Belgium Exhibition, JP 2 Palais des Beaux Art, Brussels, Belgium
Language, Thiring Eye Centre Glasgow, Art Council touring exhibition, Glasgow, Scotland
La  Paraola e le Imagine, Commune de Milano, Italy

1977
Social Criticism and Art Practice, San Francisco Art Inststitute, San Francisco, USA
10th Biennial of Paris, Paris, France
Gallery Artists, Lisson Gallery, London (travelled to Fine Arts Building, New York, USA

1976
Artists Bookworks, British Council Touring Exhibition, England
Art as Thought Process, British Council Touring Exhibition, France
Twenteeth Century Artists Photographs, Israel Museeum, Jerusalem, Israel

1975
Structures and Codes, Royal College of Art Gallery, London, England
Artists Bookworks, British Council Touring Exhibition, Germany

1974
Art as Thougt Process, Serpentine Gallery, London, England
Body and Soul, Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool, England

1973
Interact, Edinburgh Festival, Scotland

1972
Survey of the Avant-Garde, Gallery House, London, England
Cognition Control, The Museum of Modern Art, Oxford, England (travelled to
Midland Group Gallery, Nottingham, England)

1971
Electric Theatre, ICA, London, England
Invention of Problems, Leicester Polytechnic, Leicester, England

1970
Kinetic Art, Hayward Gallery, London, England

1969
British Movements, Onnasch Galerie, Berlin, Germany
Five Light Artists, Greenwich Theatre Art Gallery, London, England

1968
Preview London, Camden Arts Centre, London, England
Public Eye, Kunsthaus Hamburg, Germany

1967
Light and Movement, Herbert Art Gallery, Coventry, England
K 4, Brighton Festival, England

1966
Kunst Licht Kunst, Stedelijk van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, Netherlands

  • In Transition Series No. 1, 2017
    photographic prints, photographic dye, acrylic, pencil on paper

  • In Transition Series No. 2, 2017
    photographic prints, photographic dye, acrylic, pencil on paper

  • The World of Objects and the World of People, 2013
    photographic prints, photographic dye, acrylic, Letraset text on card

  • Conceptual Tower No. 45, 2011
    photographic prints, gouache, pencil, photographic dye on paper

  • Conceptual Tower No. 40, 2006
    poster paint, pencil on paper

  • Conceptual Tower No. 41, 2008
    poster paint, pencil on paper

  • Strange Attractor No. 23, 2013
    photographic prints, acrylic, photographic dye, pencil on paper

  • Strange Attractor No. 13, 2012
    gouache, pencil, photographic prints, photographic dye on paper

  • Strange Attractor No. 16, 2013
    pencil, gouache on paper

  • Tower Block Drawing No. 4, 1983
    photographic prints, ink, pencil, crayon on paper

  • Tower Block Drawing No. 2, 1983
    photographic prints, ink, pencil, crayon on paper

  • Hanging Around in Someone Else´s Dream, 1977
    photographic prints, gouache, ink, Letraset text on paper

  • Buildings and Vases Still Life No. 4, 2017
    digital print and pencil

  • Conceptual Tower Series No. 36, January 1995
    Poster paint, pencil on paper

  • Conceptual Tower Series No. 10, 1987
    Pencil, photographic print, ink on paper

  • Conscious, Unconscious Continuous Discontinuous, 2013
    3 panels, photographic prints, photographic dye, acrylic, ink, Letraset text on card

  • Conscious, Unconscious Continuous Discontinuous, 2013
    3 panels, photographic prints, photographic dye, acrylic, ink, Letraset text on card

  • Conscious, Unconscious Continuous Discontinuous, 2013
    3 panels, photographic prints, photographic dye, acrylic, ink, Letraset text on card

  • In Two Minds, 2010
    3 panels, photographic prints, photographic dye, acrylic, ink, Letraset text on card

  • In Two Minds, 2010
    3 panels, photographic prints, photographic dye, acrylic, ink, Letraset text on card

  • In Two Minds, 2010
    3 panels, photographic prints, photographic dye, acrylic, ink, Letraset text on card

  • Moving Around, 1999
    four panels, photographic prints, Letraset text, photographic dye on card

  • Moving Around, 1999
    four panels, photographic prints, Letraset text, photographic dye on card

  • Moving Around, 1999
    four panels, photographic prints, Letraset text, photographic dye on card

  • ENDLESS, 2017
    video

  • Variations Between Four, 2010
    video

  • Still Life With Two Vases With Diagrams, 2011
    video

  • Confrontations No. 4, 1982
    pencil, photographic prints, ink on paper

  • Democratic Grid No. 16, 2002
    poster paint, Letraset text on paper

  • Democratic Grid No. 14 (Logic Cube), May 2000
    Gouache paint, pencil on paper and card

  • Contemporary Relationships No. 2, 1986
    Photographic prints, photographic dye, gouache paint, pencil on paper

  • Zeichen und Botschaften aus Königswiesen, 1986
    Photographic prints, acrylic paint, mounted on card and block board

  • Desk Transformations, 1986/87
    Photographic prints, photographic dye, acrylic paint, Letraset text and objects

  • Cybernetic Still Life No. 6, 2010
    Wall drawing with four Super-8 films in DVD format and two audio CDs, acrylic paint, pencil

  • Strange Attractor Series No. 28, 2013
    Installation at Galerie Thomas Schulte, 2013

  • Strange Attractor Series No. 28, 2013
    Gouache and pencil on paper

CAPTION

Stephen Willats speaks about his work on the occasion of his exhibition "ENDLESS", February 2018

In Transition Series No. 1, 2017
photographic prints, photographic dye, acrylic, pencil on paper
67.5 x 133 cm | 26 1/2 x 52 1/3 in
SWIL/GTS 139

In Transition Series No. 2, 2017
photographic prints, photographic dye, acrylic, pencil on paper
75 x 127.5 cm | 29 1/2 x 50 1/4 in
SWIL/GTS 140

The World of Objects and the World of People, 2013
photographic prints, photographic dye, acrylic, Letraset text on card
82 x 112 cm | 32 1/4 x 44 in
SWIL/GTS 145

Conceptual Tower No. 45, 2011
photographic prints, gouache, pencil, photographic dye on paper
85 x 122 cm | 33 1/2 x 48 in
framed: 97 x 134.5 x 5 cm | 38 1/4 x 53 x 2 in
SWIL/GTS 141

Conceptual Tower No. 40, 2006
poster paint, pencil on paper
64 x 127 cm | 25 1/4 x 50 in
framed: 73 x 136 cm | 28 3/4 x 53 1/2 in
SWIL/GTS 56

Conceptual Tower No. 41, 2008
poster paint, pencil on paper
79 x 134 cm | 31 x 52 3/4 in
framed: 86 x 141 x 3.6 cm | 33 3/4 x 55 1/2 x 1 1/2 in
SWIL/GTS 57

Strange Attractor No. 23, 2013
photographic prints, acrylic, photographic dye, pencil on paper
84 x 132 cm | 33 x 52 in
framed: 97 x 146 x 5 cm | 38 1/4 x 57 1/2 x 2 in
SWIL/GTS 144

Strange Attractor No. 13, 2012
gouache, pencil, photographic prints, photographic dye on paper
91 x 129 cm | 35 3/4 x 50 3/4 in
framed: 103 x 141.3 x 5 cm | 40 1/2 x 55 2/3 x 2 in
SWIL/GTS 135

Strange Attractor No. 16, 2013
pencil, gouache on paper
78 x 126.5 cm | 30 2/3 x 49 3/4 in
framed: 90 x 138.5 x 5 cm | 35 1/2 x 54 1/2 x 2 in
SWIL/GTS 136

Tower Block Drawing No. 4, 1983
photographic prints, ink, pencil, crayon on paper
80 x 130 cm | 31 1/2 x 51 1/4 in
framed: 82 x 132 x 4 cm | 32 1/4 x 52 x 1 1/2 in
SWIL/GTS 133

Tower Block Drawing No. 2, 1983
photographic prints, ink, pencil, crayon on paper
75 x 115 cm | 29 1/2 x 45 1/4 in
framed: 89 x 129 x 4.4 cm | 35 x 50 3/4 x 1 3/4 in
SWIL/GTS 134

Hanging Around in Someone Else´s Dream, 1977
photographic prints, gouache, ink, Letraset text on paper
76 x 102 cm | 30 x 40 1/4 in
framed: 79 x 104 cm | 31 x 41 in
SWIL/GTS 148

Buildings and Vases Still Life No. 4, 2017
digital print and pencil
43.5 x 81 cm | 17 x 32 in
framed: 53.5 x 90.5 x 2.5 cm | 21 x 35 2/3 x 1 in
SWIL/GTS 149

Conceptual Tower Series No. 36, January 1995
Poster paint, pencil on paper
108 x 74 cm | 42 1/2 x 29 1/4 in
SWIL/GTS 83

Conceptual Tower Series No. 10, 1987
Pencil, photographic print, ink on paper
80 x 134 cm | 31 1/2 x 52 3/4 in
not available

Conscious, Unconscious Continuous Discontinuous, 2013
3 panels, photographic prints, photographic dye, acrylic, ink, Letraset text on card
(3x) 81.5 x 103 cm | 32 x 40.5 in each
framed: 82.5 x 104 x 2.6 cm | 32 1/2 x 41 x 1 in each
SWIL/GTS 137

Conscious, Unconscious Continuous Discontinuous, 2013
3 panels, photographic prints, photographic dye, acrylic, ink, Letraset text on card
(3x) 81.5 x 103 cm | 32 x 40.5 in each
framed: 82.5 x 104 x 2.6 cm | 32 1/2 x 41 x 1 in each
SWIL/GTS 137

Conscious, Unconscious Continuous Discontinuous, 2013
3 panels, photographic prints, photographic dye, acrylic, ink, Letraset text on card
(3x) 81.5 x 103 cm | 32 x 40.5 in each
framed: 82.5 x 104 x 2.6 cm | 32 1/2 x 41 x 1 in each
SWIL/GTS 137

In Two Minds, 2010
3 panels, photographic prints, photographic dye, acrylic, ink, Letraset text on card
(3x) 107 x 76 cm | 42 x 29.9 in each
framed: 274.3 x 195.6 x 6.6 cm | 108 x 77 x 2 2/3 in each
SWIL/GTS 138

In Two Minds, 2010
3 panels, photographic prints, photographic dye, acrylic, ink, Letraset text on card
(3x) 107 x 76 cm | 42 x 29.9 in each
framed: 274.3 x 195.6 x 6.6 cm | 108 x 77 x 2 2/3 in each
SWIL/GTS 138

In Two Minds, 2010
3 panels, photographic prints, photographic dye, acrylic, ink, Letraset text on card
(3x) 107 x 76 cm | 42 x 29.9 in each
framed: 274.3 x 195.6 x 6.6 cm | 108 x 77 x 2 2/3 in each
SWIL/GTS 138

Moving Around, 1999
four panels, photographic prints, Letraset text, photographic dye on card
framed dimensions:
Panel One: 31.5 x 106 x 1.2 cm | 12.4 x 41.73 x 0.47 in
Panel Two and Three: 68 x 31.5 x 1.2 cm | 26.77 x 12.4 x 0.47 in
Panel Four: 60 x 58 cm x 1.2 cm | 23.6 x 22.8 x 0.47 in
SWIL/GTS 150

Moving Around, 1999
four panels, photographic prints, Letraset text, photographic dye on card
framed dimensions:
Panel One: 31.5 x 106 x 1.2 cm | 12.4 x 41.73 x 0.47 in
Panel Two and Three: 68 x 31.5 x 1.2 cm | 26.77 x 12.4 x 0.47 in
Panel Four: 60 x 58 cm x 1.2 cm | 23.6 x 22.8 x 0.47 in
SWIL/GTS 150

Moving Around, 1999
four panels, photographic prints, Letraset text, photographic dye on card
framed dimensions:
Panel One: 31.5 x 106 x 1.2 cm | 12.4 x 41.73 x 0.47 in
Panel Two and Three: 68 x 31.5 x 1.2 cm | 26.77 x 12.4 x 0.47 in
Panel Four: 60 x 58 cm x 1.2 cm | 23.6 x 22.8 x 0.47 in
SWIL/GTS 150

ENDLESS, 2017
video
6:50 min.
Edition 1/2
SWIL/GTS 152

Variations Between Four, 2010
video
3:30 min.
Edition 1/3
SWIL/GTS 151

Still Life With Two Vases With Diagrams, 2011
video
3:40 min.
Edition 2/3
SWIL/GTS 153

Confrontations No. 4, 1982
pencil, photographic prints, ink on paper
90 x 131.5 cm | 35 1/2 x 51 3/4 in
SWIL/GTS 146

Democratic Grid No. 16, 2002
poster paint, Letraset text on paper
82 x 106 cm | 32 1/4 x 41 3/4 in
framed: 87 x 111 x 4 cm | 34 1/4 x 43 2/3 x 1 1/2 in
SWIL/GTS 129

Democratic Grid No. 14 (Logic Cube), May 2000
Gouache paint, pencil on paper and card
Paper cube 30 x 30 x 30 cm | 11 13/16 x 11 13/16 x 11 13/16 in with pedestal and plexi-glass cover 130 x 34 x 34 cm | 51 3/16 x 13 25/64 x 13 25/64 in
SWIL/GTS 107

Contemporary Relationships No. 2, 1986
Photographic prints, photographic dye, gouache paint, pencil on paper
60 x 95 cm | 23 2/3 x 37 1/2 in
not available

Zeichen und Botschaften aus Königswiesen, 1986
Photographic prints, acrylic paint, mounted on card and block board
13 panel work, installation size: 494 x 358 cm
SWIL/GTS 10

Desk Transformations, 1986/87
Photographic prints, photographic dye, acrylic paint, Letraset text and objects
10 panels work, panel size from 33.5 x 46 cm to 34 x 51 cm
SWIL/GTS 11

Cybernetic Still Life No. 6, 2010
Wall drawing with four Super-8 films in DVD format and two audio CDs, acrylic paint, pencil
Size variable
SWIL/GTS 61

Strange Attractor Series No. 28, 2013
Wall drawing
dimensions variable
Installation at Galerie Thomas Schulte, 2013

Strange Attractor Series No. 28, 2013
Gouache and pencil on paper
59,5 x 84 cm | 23 1/2 x 33 in
SWIL/GTS 126

Biography and Concept

Stephen Willats, born in 1943, London, is one of the most important and influential British artists of his generation. His artistic position frequently serves as a point of reference for the latest developments in contemporary art. Since the 1960’s he has been examining the function and meaning of art in society, a project fuelled by his interest in cybernetics and Black Box theories. Willats’ wide range of preferred artistic mediums include drawing, photographic documentation, wall installations, and computer-driven communication devices and animation. Willats often uses diagrams as tools to illustrate the dynamic flow of information and relations within social networks. He sees diagrams as speculative instruments and as a means to describe social relationships and depict new philosophical, social and ideological points of view.

Since 1962, Willats has been the editor and publisher of Control Magazine. Important solo exhibitions include the Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art (2017), The Swedish Contemporary Art Foundation, Stockholm (2016), Museo Tamayo Arte Contemporáneo (2015), Whitechapel Gallery (2014), Raven Row, London (2014), Modern Art Oxford (2013), DAAD Galerie, Berlin (2013), South London Gallery (2012), Badischer Kunstverein, Karlsruhe (2010), Tate Modern (2006), and Museum für Gegenwartskunst in Siegen (2006). Willats has also been part of numerous group exhibitions, including the ZKM, Karlsruhe (2016/17), Tate Britain (2016), Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin (2016), Berlinische Galerie (2015), Museum van Hedendaagse Kunst, Antwerp (2015), Shanghai Biennale (2014), MIGROS, Zurich (2013/14), Generali Foundation, Vienna (2013), Central Museum, Utrecht (2010; 2012), Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven (2008), the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (2008), Museum Ludwig, Cologne (2007). His work is part of numerous international public collections including Generali Foundation, Vienna, Southampton City Art Gallery & Museum, The Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, the Tate, Stedelijk Museum, Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, Contemporary Art Society, London, The Arts Council of England, Victoria & Albert Museum, The British Museum, Städtische Galerie Stuttgart, Museum of Contemporary Art, Utrecht, FRAC Rhone-Alpes, Middlesbrough Art Gallery, South London Art Gallery, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Fonds National d’Art Contemporain, Museum Folkwang, and Museum Ludwig, Cologne. Stephen Willats lives and works in London.

 

EDUCATION
since 1965 Editor and publisher of Control Magazine
1972–73 Director of the Centre of Behavioural Art, Gallery House, London
1962–63 Ealing School of Art, England

GRANTS and AWARDS
1991 Stephen Willats Printed Archive established at Victoria & Albert Museum, London
1979–80 DAAD Fellowship, Berlin

Exhibitions

selected  SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2019
Migros Museum, Zurich, Switzerland

2018
Control at Tate Liverpool, Tate Liverpool, England

2017
Human Right, Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art, Middlesbrough, England

2016
Conversations with Buildings, Galerie Reinhard Hauff, Stuttgart, Germany
Inside The Night, Galerie Balice Hertling, Paris, France
This Way, Index, The Swedish Contemporary Art Foundation, Stockholm, Sweden

2015
Step Change,
Lumen Travo Gallery, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Publishing Interventions, Tenderbooks, London, England
Man From The Twenty-First Century, Museo Tamayo Arte Contemporáneo, Mexico City, Mexico

2014
Berlin Local, MD72, Berlin, Germany
How Tomorrow Looks From Here, daadgalerie, Berlin, Germany
Attracting the Attractor
, Anne Mosseri-Marlio Galerie, Basel, Switzerland
CONCRETE BLOCK drawing and works on paper, MOT INTERNATIONAL, Brussels, Belgium
Control. Work 1962-1969, Raven Row, London, England
Concerning Our Present Way of Living, Whitechapel Gallery, London, England
Representing the Possible, Victoria Miro, London, England

2013/14
Living for Tomorrow, Balice Hertling, Paris, France

2013
World without Objects, Annie Gentils Gallery, Antwerp, Belgium
World of Objects, Galerie Reinhard Hauff, Stuttgart, Germany
Inseldasein – Daad Galerie, Berlin, Germany
Conscious – Unconscious, Modern Art Oxford, Oxford, England
World without Objects, Annie Gentils Gallery, Antwerp, Belgium          

2012
SECRET LANGUAGE THE CODE BREAKERS, Galerie Thomas Schulte, Berlin
Surfing with the Attractor, South London Gallery, London, England
Lumen Travo, Amsterdam, Netherlands

2011
The Strange Attractor, Reena Spaulings Fine Art, New York, USA
The Information Nomad, MOT International, London, England
talking city, Centre d’Art Passerelle, Brest, France
The West London Social Resource Project Public Monitor 1972, CHELSEA space, London, England

2010
Street Diagram
, Galerie Thomas Schulte, Berlin, Germany
Stephen WillatsCounterconciousness, Badischer Kunstverein, Karlsruhe, Germany
The world as it is and the world as it could be, Victoria Miro, England
In Two Minds, Galerie Erna Hécey, Brussels, Belgium

2009
Cybernetic Still Life, Balicehertling, Paris, France
In and Out the Underworld, European Kunsthalle, Cologne, Germany
Assumptions and IdentityIdentity and Assumptions, Lumen Travo, Amsterdam Netherlands
The Ideological Diagram, Galerie Christian Nagel, Cologne, Germany

2008
The Architecture of Stephen Willats, Westfälisches Landesmuseum für Kunst- und Kulturgeschichte, Münster, Germany
Democratic Mosaics and Conceptual Towers, Galerie Thomas Schulte, Berlin, Germany

2007
Person to Person. People to People. Stephen Willats, Milton Keynes Gallery, England
Stephen Willats. Just between People, Galerie Reinhard Hauff, Stuttgart, Germany
The Speculative Diagram, CASCA, Utrecht, Netherlands

2006
Stephen Willats Multiple Clothing: MessageInteractionExchange (1965-1998), Tate Modern, London, England
Wie die Welt ist und wie sie sein könnte: Stephen Willats, Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Siegen, Germany
From My Mind to Your Mind, Victoria Miro Gallery, London, England
Going Home, MOT International, London, England
Publishing Interventions, Connor Dolon Books, Herald St Gallery, London, England

2005
Stephen Willats-Street Talk Amsterdam, Galerie Lumen Travo, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Multichannel Life, Galerie Christian Nagel, Cologne, Germany                                              

2004
Messages from the Polemical City, Galerie Thomas Schulte, Berlin, Germany

2003
Personal Encounters in Your Imagination, Galerie Reinhard Hauff, Stuttgart, Germany
Random Networks, ARTLAB 27 at Imperial College, London, England
Liverpool Biennal of Contemporary Art, Liverpool, England

2002
Through your symbolic world, Victoria Miro Gallery, London, England
Cognitive Control, Institute of Visual Culture, Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, England

2001
Traces and Signs, Galerie Lumen Travo, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Rencontres et Cooperations 1970-2000, Galerie Gabrielle Maubrie, Paris, France
Man From The Twenty First Century. Nottingham 1970-71, Clinique, London, England

2000
Macro to Micro, Gallery Laure Genillard, London, England
Live in your Head, Whitechapel Art Gallery, London, England

1999
Multichannel Vision, Galerie Reinhard Hauff, Stuttgart, Germany

1998
Multicult Berlin, Galerie Franck & Schulte, Berlin, Germany
Random Encounter, Southampton City Art Gallery, England
Blind Date With Reality, Galerie Bandstetter & Wyss, Zurich, Switzerland
Changing Everything, South London Art Gallery, London, England
Creative Force, Mappin Art Gallery, Sheffield, England
Concepts, Strategies & Models 1962-65, Gimpel Fils, London, England

1997
Street Talk, Victoria Miro Gallery, London, England
Between Me and You, Middlesbrough Art Gallery, England
MULTICULT, Galerie Lumen Travo, Amsterdam, Netherlands

1996
Du Hasard A l’Accord
, Galerie Gabrielle Maubrie, Paris, France
In Response to Each Other, Galerie Brandstetter & Wyss, Zurich, Switzerland

1995
A State of Agreement, Galerie Franck + Schulte, Berlin, Germany
Living Together, Tramway Visual Arts, Glasgow, England
Writing on the Wall, Reinhard Hauff at Galerie Archim Kubinski, Stuttgart, Germany
Writing on the Wall, Galerie Kaj Forsblom, Helsinki, Finland

1994
Urban Nomads, Galerie Gabrielle Maubrie, Paris, France
Fateful combinations, The British School at Rome, Rome, Italy
Random Life, The British School at Rome, Rome, Italy
Museum Mosaic, Tate Gallery, Liverpool, England
Private Journeys, Heston Farm Estate, The Comunity Hall, Fenton House, Biscoe
Close, Heston, Middlesex, London, England
Into the infrastructure, Galerie Lumen Travo, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Taking the Short Cut, St. Church Hall, Roydon/Essex, England
Multiple Clothing, Daniel Buchholz, Cologne, Germany

1993
Buildings and People, Goethe Institute, London, England
Walking Between Objects, Galerie Franck & Schulte, Berlin, Germany
Buildings and People, Berlinische Galerie, Berlin, Germany
Multiple Clothing, Institute of Contemporary Art, London, England
Meta FilterA State of Agreement, The Tate Gallery, London, England

1992
Signs of Living, Galerie Gabrielle Maubrie, Paris, France

1991
Publishing Interventions, 1963-1991, National Art Library, Victoria and Albert Museum, London, England
Conceptual Living, Victoria Miro Gallery, London, England
Book Mosaic, Academic Bookstore, Helsinki, Finland

1990
Stephen Willats, Galerie Barbara Farber, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Mosaics, Galerie Kaj Forsblom, Helsinki, Finland
Multichannel Vision, Galerie Reinhard Hauff, Stuttgart, Germany

1989
Secret Language, Cornerhouse Gallery, Manchester, England

1988
Transformers, Laing Art Gallery, London, England
Code Breakers, Torch Gallery, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Galerie Ralph Wernicke, Stuttgart, Germany

1987
Contemporary Living, Museum van Hedendaagse Kunst, Gent, Belgium
Between Objects and People, Leeds City Art Gallery, Leeds, England
Concepts and Projects Bookworks, Nigel Greenwood Books, London, England

1986
Fragments of Modern Living, Galerie Tanja Grunert, Cologne, Germany
Concepts and Models, ICA, London, England
Groeten uit het moderne leven, Museum van Heedendaagse Kunst, Utrecht, Netherlands
Grüße vom Modernen Leben, Städtische Galerie, Regensburg, Germany
Vier Huizen in Den Haag, Haags Gemeentemuseum, Netherlands
Striking Back, Mappin Art Gallery, Sheffield, England
City of Concrete, Ikon Gallery, Birmingham, England

1985
Double Crossing, Ralph Wernicke Gallery, Stuttgart, Germany
Doppelgänger, Lisson Gallery, London, England

1984
Means of Escape, Rochdale Art Gallery, Greater Manchester, England
Another City, Riverside Studios, London, England

1983
Inside the Night, Lisson Gallery, London, England
Angst in den Straßen,  Rüdiger Schöttle Galerie, Munich, Germany
Under Cover, Arnolfini Gallery, Bristol, England

1982
Meta Filter and Related Works, Tate Gallery, London, England
The New Reality, Orchard Gallery, London, England

1981
4 Inseln in Berlin, Neue Nationalgalerie, Berlin, Germany; Goethe Institute, London, England
Mens en Omgeving, De Beyerd Cetrum voor beeldende Kunst, Breda, Netherlands

1980
The Lurky Place, Galerie Jürgen Schweinebraden, Berlin, Germany
Concerning Our Present Way of Living, Stedelijk van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, Netherlands
Four Professionals, Lisson Gallery, London, England
Berlin Wall Drawings, Galerie Rudiger Schöttle, Munich, Germany

1979
Concerning Our Present Way of Living, Whitechapel Art Gallery, London, England

1978
Question about Ourselves, Lisson Gallery, London, England
Living within Contained Relationships, Museum of Modern Art, Oxford, England

1977
Life Codes and Behaviour Parameters, The Midland Group Gallery, Nottingham, England
Social Structures: The Perception of Context, Stampa Gallery, Basel, Switzerland
Attitudes within Four Relationships, Lisson Gallery, London, England

1976
Life Codes and Behaviour Parameters, The Midland Group Gallery, Nottingham, England

1975
Coding Structure and Bahaviour Parameters, Massimo Minini, Gallery Banco, Bresco, Italy
Meta Filter (A State of Agreement), The Gallery, London, England

1974
Life Codes and Behaviour Parameters, Gallery December, Nuster, Germany

1973
The Artist as an Instigator of Changes in Sicial Cognition and Behaviour, Gallery House, London, England

1968
Visual Automatics & Visual Transmitters, Museum of Modern Art, Oxford, England

1964
Chester Beatty Research Centre, London, England

 

seleted GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2017
Everything we see could also be otherwise (My sweet little lamb), The Showroom, London, England
Case Study, Balice Hertling, Paris, France
This Way Out of England: Gallery House in Retrospect. Seven weekends of performances, screenings and discussions, Raven Row, London, England

2016/17
Kunst in Europa 1945-1968, ZKM Karlsruhe, Karlsruhe, Germany

2016
Conceptual Art in Britain: 1964–1979, Tate Britain, London, England
Crossing Media: Good Space — Political, Aesthetic and Urban Spaces, Villa Merkel, Galerien der Stadt Esslingen am Neckar, Germany
Nervous Systems, Quantified Life and the Social Question, HKW Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin, Germany

2015
Annexes. Books, editions & vitrines and a new presentation of “Berlin Local” (curated by_Catherine Chevalier and Benjamin Hirte), Galerie Emanuel Layr, Vienna, Austria
The Social Register, Park View, Los Angeles, CA, USA
Subtle Patterns of Capital (curated by_Barnabás Bencsik), Georg Kargl Fine Arts, Vienna, Austria
Radically Modern, Berlinische Galerie, Berlin, Germany
The Welfare State, M HKA Museum van Hedendaagse Kunst Antwerpen, The Netherlands

2014
Teach Us To Outgrow Our Madness, Galerie Thomas Schulte, Berlin, Germany
10th Shanghai Biennale, Social Factory, Shanghai, China
Living With A LOT OF Art, Galerie Reinhard Hauff, Stuttgart, Germany
West:Berlin, Ephraim-Palais | Stiftung Stadtmuseum Berlin, Germany
Sleeping Producers, with Lisl Ponger and Christoph Schäfer (curated by Matteo Lucchetti), Charim Galerie, Vienna, Austria
Was Modelle können. Eine kleine Geschichte des Architekturmodells in der zeitgenössischen Kunst, Museum für Gegenwartskunst Siegen, Siegen, Germany
Nouvelle Génération, FRAC, Dunkerque, France
Bibliologie, FRAC Haute-Normandie, Sotteville-lès-Rouen, France

2013/14
Collection on Display, Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst , Zürich, Switzerland
Pop Art Design, Barbican, London, England

2013
Prologue. Part One: References, Paperclips and the Cha Cha Cha, ar/ge kunst. Galerie Museum, Bolzano, Italy
13th Istanbul Biennial: Mom, am I Barbarian?, Antrepo no. 3, Istanbul, Turkey
Les Nouvelles Babylones, Centre d’Art du Parc Saint Léger, Pougues-les-Eaux, France
In Bewegung, Kunsthaus Bregenz, Bregenz, Austria
Vertical Club, Bortolami, New York, USA
A World of Wild Doubt, Kunstverein in Hamburg, Hamburg, Germany
Inseldasein, Daad Galerie, Berlin, Germany
The Content of Form, Generali Foundation, Vienna, Austria

2012
A drawing while waiting for an Idea, Large Glass, London, England
Reflecting Fashion: Kunst und Mode seit der Moderne, Museum Moderner Kunst, Wien, Austria (Exh. Cat.)
Living with Art, Galerie Reinhard Hauff, Stuttgart, Germany
God save the Queen, Central Museum, Utrecht, Netherlands
Préférences Système, Galerie Martainville, Rouen, France
Salvo, Annie Gentils Gallery, Antwerp, Belgium

2011/12
Zeit zu handeln! Werke aus dem Migros Museum, Zürich, Kunsthalle Krems, Krems, Austria

2011
Aftermath: Objects from Projects,Chelsea Space, Chelsea College of Art and Design, London, England
A Portrait of the Artist As a Young Man, Galerie Reinhard Hauff, Stuttgart, Germany
Balice Hertling & Lewis, Front Desk Apparatus, New York, USA
Stay Hungry, Kleingartenkolonie am Potsdamer Güterbahnhof, Berlin, Germany

2010
The Logic of Association, MOMA PS1, New York, USA (until April 4, 2011)
camera, light, action, abc (art berlin contemporary), Marshall House, Berlin, Germany
Hayward Touring Curatorial Open II, Quad Gallery, Derby, England (travelling to Oriel Mostyn Gallery, North Wales 22.11.2010 – 03.01.2011 and Leamington Spa Art Gallery & Museum, Leamington Spa, England 17.02. –17.04.2011)
Lisson presents 7, Lisson Gallery, London, England
Goodbye London – Radical Art and Politics in the Seventies, ngbk, Berlin, Germany
Modernologies – Contemporary Artists Researching Modernity and Modernism, Museum of Modern Art, Warsaw, Poland
Moving Images. Artists & Video / Film, Museum Ludwig, Cologne, Germany
Unresolved Matters. Social Utopias Revisited, Centraal Museum, Utrecht, Netherlands

2009
7 x 14, Jubiläumsausstellung, Kunsthalle Baden-Baden, Germany
DIE MODERNE ALS RUINEEine Archäologie der Gegenwart, Generali Foundation, Vienna,    Austria; Kunstmuseum Liechtenstein, Vaduz, Liechtenstein
Oppositions & Dialogues, Kunstverein Hannover, Germany
Modernologies – Contemporary Artists Researching Modernity and Modernism, MACBA Museum d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain

2008
The Speculative Diagram, Casco Office for Art, Design and Theory, Utrecht, Netherlands
Sammlung/Collection,  migros museum für gegenwartskunst, Zurich, Switzerland
Be(com)ing Dutch, Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, Netherlands
Social Diagrams. Planning Reconsidered, Künstlerhaus Stuttgart, Germany
Manifesta 7, Trentino, Austria
The Art of Participation, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, USA

2007
The Secret Public. The last days of the British Underground 1978-1988, ICA Institute of Contemportary Arts, London, England
What does the jellyfish want?, Museum Ludwig, Cologne, Germany
Beyond the Wall, Stiftung Brandenburger Tor, Berlin, Germany
Panic Attack! Art in the Punk Years, Barbican Gallery, London, England
Centre of the Creative Universe. Liverpool and the Avant-garde, Tate Liverpool, England

2006
The Secret Public. Last Days of the British Underground 1978-1988, Kunstverein München,
Munich, Germany
Art Link, Göteborgs Konsthall Göteborg, Sweden
Medium Fotografie, Galerie Stampa, Basel, Switzerland

2005
Kritische Gesellschaften, Badischer Kunstverein, Karlsruhe, Germany
Borders Dialogues, Barents Art Triennial, Kirkenes, Norway
Wie Gesellschaft und Politik ins Bild kommen, Generali Foundation, Vienna, Austria
20: TWENTY. A Timeline of Cornerhouse Exhibitions 1985-2005, Cornerhouse Manchester, England
International Centre for Contemporary Visual Arts and Film, Manchester, England
Faltering Flame, Graves Art Gallery, Sheffield, England

2004
L´Air du TempsCollection printemps/été 2004, Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Zurich, Switzerland
Streets, Galerie Lumen Travo, Amsterdam, Netherlands
70/90. Engagierte Kunst, Neues Museum, Nürnberg, Germany
Re: Location. 1-7 Shake, Halle für Kunst, Lüneburg, Germany
Art & the 60s. This Was Tomorrow, Tate Gallery, London, England (travelled to Birmingham City Art Museum, England)
La Collection Continue, FRAC Corse, Centre Culturel Una Volta, Bastia, France
Vanishing Points: Landscape Art Beyond The Horizon, Southampton City Art Gallery, England
3rd Berlin Biennal, Berlin, Germany

2003
Independence, South London Gallery, London, England
Urban Codes, code/decoder, Espace de l’Art Concret, Chateau de Mourans, Mourans-Sartoux, France
Art for Networks, Turnpike Gallery, Leigh, Greater Manchester, England
Bewitched Bothered and Bewildered, Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Zurich, Switzerland
In Portraiture Irrelevance is Ugliness, Galerie Reinhard Hauff, Stuttgart, Germany
Collection 001, FRAC Rhones-Alpes, Institute d’Art Contemporain, Villeurbanne, France
In Portraiture Irrelevance Is Ugliness, Museum Schloss Hardenberg, Velbert-Neviges, Germany
Air Guitar. Reconsidering Rock Music, Tullie House Museum & Art Gallery, Carlisle, England

2002
Blast to Freeze, British Art in the Twentieth Century, Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg, Germany
Art for Networks, Chapter, Cardiff, Wales (travelled to The Fruit Market Gallery, Edinburgh, Scotland)
Air Guitar: Art Reconsidering, Milton Keynes Gallery, England
The Gap Show, Museum am Ostwall, Dortmund, Germany
Private Views, London Print Studio, London, England

2001
City Racing. A Partial Account, Institute of Contemporary Art, London, England
Conception. Conceptual Documents 1968-72, Norwich Gallery, England
Double Vision, Galerie für Zeitgenössische Kunst, Leipzig, Germany
Antagonisms, Musee d’Art Contemperani de Barcelona, Spain
Arbeit Essen Angst, Kokerei Zollverein, Essen, Germany
The Map Is Not The Territory, England & Co, London, England
Video Evidence, Southhampton City Art Gallery, England
Video Project Space, Anthony Wilkinson Gallery, London, England
Works on Paper. Acconci to Zittel, Victoria Miro Gallery, London, England
Selbst Porträt, Schloss Agathenburg, Agathenburg, Germany
Stadsgezichten. Amsterdam vereeuwigd 1901-2001, Amsterdams Historisch Museum, Netherlands

2000
Democracy, Royal College of Art, London, England
Protest and Survive, Whitechapel Art Gallery, London, England
ein/räumen, Hamburger Kunsthalle, Germany
Raw, Victoria Miro Gallery, London, England

1999
Bildung, Grazer Kunstverein, Austria
Nur Wasser lässt sich leichter schneiden, exhibition at the harbour in Hamburg, Germany
Borderline Pilot, Museum van Bommel van Dam, Venlo, Netherlands

1998
Addressing the Century, 100 Years of Art & Fashion, Hayward Gallery, London, England

1997
The Grand Design, The Art of the Victoria and Albert Museum, Baltimore Museum of Art, USA
Sous le manteau, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris, France
In Every Moment Everywhere, Porin Taidemuseo, Pori, Finland
C’est ici que nous vivons, FRAC Rhones-Alpes, Villeurbanne, France
Photographie d’une Collection 3/97, Caisse des Depots et Consignations, Paris, France

1996
Les Contes de Fees se terminent bien, FRAC Haute-Normandie, Chateau du Val Freneuse,
Sotteville-sous-le-Val, France
Radikale Images, 2nd Austrian Triennal for Photography, Neue Galerie Graz, Austria
Everybody`s Talking, Gemeentemuseum Helmond, Helmond, Netherlands

1995
Ars 95 Helsinki, Helsinki, Finland
La Transparence Dans L’Art Du Xxe Siecle, Museum des Beaux-Arts Malraux, Le Havre, France
The Edge of Town, Joseloff Gallery, University of Hartford, Hartford, Conneticut, USA
Mapping Knowledge, The Minories Gallery, Colchester, England
I don`t actually have to go, Galerie Lumen Travo, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Imprint 93, City Racing, London, England
Temples, Victoria Miro Gallery, London, England
Ideal Standard Summertime, Lisson Gallery, London, England
Paste-up, Past & Present, Kent Gallery, New York, USA

1994
Outsiders, Camerawork, London, England
Visione Bitannica, Valentina Moncada, Rome, Italy
Concepual Living, Rhizome, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Sarah Staton Super Store Boutique, Laure Genillard Gallery, London, England
Looking at Words: Reading Pictures, Elms Lester Painting Rooms, London, England
Lesezimmer II, Künstlerhaus Stuttgart, Germany

1993
Out of Sight Out of Mind, Lisson Gallery, London, England
The Ideal Place, HCAK Den Haag, Netherlands
Sixties Art Scene in London, Barbican Art Gallery, London, England
Public and Private, Stills Gallery, Edinburgh, Scotland

1992
Wasteland, Photographic Biennial Rotterdam, Netherlands
Real Stories, Museet fur Photokunst Odense, Denmark
Instructions and Diagrams, Victoria Miro Gallery, London, England

1991
Past Continuous, Artistic Trust, Bath Festival Exhibition, England
Oikos, Galerie Gabrille Maubrie, Paris, France
Excavating the Present, Kettles Yard Gallery, Cambridge, England
Shocks to the System, ACGB Touring Exhibition, South Bank Centre, London, England
Concrete Window, Galerie Montevideo, Antwerp, Belgium

1990
Art Creating Society, Museum of Modern Art, Oxford, England

1989
Invisible City, Leeds City Art Gallery, Leeds, England
Tekons Van Verzet, Beeld Museum Fodor, Amsterdam, Netherlands

1988
New Urban Landscape, World Financial Centre, Battery Park, New York, USA
New Reform Retrospective 1970-79, Cultural Centre, Aalst, Belgium
British Modernist Painting, Birch & Conran Fine Art, London, England
Beyond the City, The Metropolis, Triennale di Milano, Italy
What is good appears, and what appears is good, Galerie Tanja Grunert, Cologne, Germany
100 years of British Art, Leeds City Art Gallery, England
Galerie Rüdiger Schöttle, Munich, Germany

1987
Art and Craft made and designed in the Twentieth Century, Laing Art Gallery, Newcastle upon Tyne, England

1986
The Art of Peace Biennale, Kunstverein Hamburg, Germany
Eye Level, Stedelijk van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, Netherlands
Androgyn, Akademie der Künste, Berlin, Germany
Beyond the Cita, The Metropolis, Triennale di Milano, Italy

1985
Watch Your Step, Whitworth Gallery, Manchester, England
Scultural Alternatives, 1965-82, Tate Gallery, London, England
The British Art Show, National Art Gallery, Wellington, New Zealand
Human Interest, Cornerhouse, Manchester, England
The British Show, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Australia
Summer in the City, Ikon Gallery, Birmingham, England

1984
Strip Language, Gimpel Fils Gallery, London, England

1983
New Art at the Tate Gallery, Tate Gallery, London, England
The Sculpure Show, Hayward Gallery, London, England
Place, Gimpel Fils Gallery, London, England

1982
PastPresentFuture, Württembergischer Kunstverein, Stuttgart, Germany
Erweiterte Photographie, Wiener Secession, Vienna, Austria
London-New York, Lisson Gallery, London, England
Aperto 82, Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy
Contemporary Choice, Contemporary Art Society Exhibition, Serpentine Gallery, London, England
Noi altriWir anderen, Städtische Galerie Regensburg, Germany

1981
Die Kehrseite der Wunschbilder, Bonner Kunstverein, Germany
Sculpure in the Twentieth Century, Whitechapel Art Gallery, London, England
Kunst und Politik, Badischer Kunstverein, Karlsruhe, Germany

1980
Artist and Camera, Mappin Art Gallery, Sheffield, England

1979
Un Certain Art Anglais, ARC 2, Museum of Modern Art, Paris, France
Anglo-Belgium Exhibition, JP 2 Palais des Beaux Art, Brussels, Belgium
Language, Thiring Eye Centre Glasgow, Art Council touring exhibition, Glasgow, Scotland
La  Paraola e le Imagine, Commune de Milano, Italy

1977
Social Criticism and Art Practice, San Francisco Art Inststitute, San Francisco, USA
10th Biennial of Paris, Paris, France
Gallery Artists, Lisson Gallery, London (travelled to Fine Arts Building, New York, USA

1976
Artists Bookworks, British Council Touring Exhibition, England
Art as Thought Process, British Council Touring Exhibition, France
Twenteeth Century Artists Photographs, Israel Museeum, Jerusalem, Israel

1975
Structures and Codes, Royal College of Art Gallery, London, England
Artists Bookworks, British Council Touring Exhibition, Germany

1974
Art as Thougt Process, Serpentine Gallery, London, England
Body and Soul, Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool, England

1973
Interact, Edinburgh Festival, Scotland

1972
Survey of the Avant-Garde, Gallery House, London, England
Cognition Control, The Museum of Modern Art, Oxford, England (travelled to
Midland Group Gallery, Nottingham, England)

1971
Electric Theatre, ICA, London, England
Invention of Problems, Leicester Polytechnic, Leicester, England

1970
Kinetic Art, Hayward Gallery, London, England

1969
British Movements, Onnasch Galerie, Berlin, Germany
Five Light Artists, Greenwich Theatre Art Gallery, London, England

1968
Preview London, Camden Arts Centre, London, England
Public Eye, Kunsthaus Hamburg, Germany

1967
Light and Movement, Herbert Art Gallery, Coventry, England
K 4, Brighton Festival, England

1966
Kunst Licht Kunst, Stedelijk van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, Netherlands