Past Exhibitions

On Friday, January 18, 2008, Galerie Thomas Schulte opens an exhibition showing drawings by the English conceptualist Stephen Willats. This is the first exhibition focusing exclusively on Willats’ drawings in over twenty-five years and the first presentation of this aspect of his work in Germany. It shows works the artist has made since 1983. The opening reception will be held from 7 to 9pm: the artist will be present.

 

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.

 

Since the mid-1960s, Willats has been interested in the issue of individual value systems and social communication and the possibility of making these transparent using artistic means. He raises the question of the personal values of the individual in society and how the individual experiences his or her personal life space, defining it and making it livable. His works are concerned with life realities as interactive and self-organizing systems and their impact on identity and the life plans of the people within it. How do people communicate under these constraints and with the limitations placed on them by their particular social situation? How do they find consensus despite different value systems, parameters, and life perspectives?

 

Since 1962, Willats has developed in this context a specific and unique diagrammatic style of drawing. His drawings promote artistic parallel activity and a form of concentrated but informal expression of ideas. In his Democratic Grids, he depicts social models as window-like views from an endlessly large structure, while the drawings of his Ideological Towers series play with the abstraction of architecture and modernistic everyday objects as emblems of social and individual self-identification.

Conceptual Tower Series No. 31, 1991
Poster paint, pencil on paper
102 x 69 cm | 40 1/4 x 27 1/4 in
Democratic Grid Series No. 6, April 1990
Poster paint, pencil, Letraset text on paper
114 x 85 cm | 45 x 33 1/2 in
Democratic Grid Series No. 2, August 1989
Poster paint, pencil on paper
114 x 85 cm | 45 x 33 1/2 in
Democratic Grid Series No. 3, October 1989
Poster paint, pencil on paper
114 x 83 cm | 45 x 32 2/3 in
Network Interventions No. 6, November 2007
Poster paint, pencil on paper
115 x 84 cm | 45 1/4 x 33 in
Network Interventions No. 5, October 2007
Poster paint, pencil on paper
94 x 100 cm | 37 x 39 1/3 in
Conceptual Tower Series No. 36, January 1995
Poster paint, pencil on paper
74 x 108 cm | 29 1/4 x 42 1/2 in
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Conceptual Tower Series No. 35, May 1994
Poster paint, pencil on paper
110 x 75 cm | 43 1/3 x 29 1/2 in
Conceptual Tower Series No. 33, June 1993
Poster paint, pencil on paper
110 x 75 cm | 43 1/3 x 29 1/2 in
V.D.U. Transformation Series No. 6, 1989
Pencil, poster paint on paper
101 x 63 cm | 39 3/4 x 24 3/4 in
Conceptual Tower Series No. 24, February 1990
Poster paint, pencil on paper
124 x 82 cm | 48 3/4 x 32 1/4 in
Conceptual Tower Series No. 11, June 1988
Pencil, poster paint on paper
116 x 67 cm | 45 2/3 x 26 1/3 in
Conceptual Tower Series No. 11, June 1988
Pencil, poster paint on paper
116 x 67 cm | 45 2/3 x 26 1/3 in
Democratic Grid No. 15 (Double Logic Cube), June 2000
Gouache paint, pencil on paper and card
Paper cubes with pedestals and plexiglass cover
Various dimensions
Signs and Messages from Modern Life No. 4, 1987
photo print, color photographs, pencil, acrylic lacquer on paper
132 x 82 cm | 52 x 32 1/4 in
Signs and Messages from Modern Life No. 5, June1987
Photographic prints, photographic dye, pencil, acrylic paint on paper
81 x 132 cm | 32 x 52 in

On Friday, January 18, 2008, Galerie Thomas Schulte opens an exhibition showing drawings by the English conceptualist Stephen Willats. This is the first exhibition focusing exclusively on Willats’ drawings in over twenty-five years and the first presentation of this aspect of his work in Germany. It shows works the artist has made since 1983. The opening reception will be held from 7 to 9pm: the artist will be present.

 

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.

 

Since the mid-1960s, Willats has been interested in the issue of individual value systems and social communication and the possibility of making these transparent using artistic means. He raises the question of the personal values of the individual in society and how the individual experiences his or her personal life space, defining it and making it livable. His works are concerned with life realities as interactive and self-organizing systems and their impact on identity and the life plans of the people within it. How do people communicate under these constraints and with the limitations placed on them by their particular social situation? How do they find consensus despite different value systems, parameters, and life perspectives?

 

Since 1962, Willats has developed in this context a specific and unique diagrammatic style of drawing. His drawings promote artistic parallel activity and a form of concentrated but informal expression of ideas. In his Democratic Grids, he depicts social models as window-like views from an endlessly large structure, while the drawings of his Ideological Towers series play with the abstraction of architecture and modernistic everyday objects as emblems of social and individual self-identification.

Works in Exhibition

Conceptual Tower Series No. 31, 1991
Poster paint, pencil on paper
102 x 69 cm | 40 1/4 x 27 1/4 in
Democratic Grid Series No. 6, April 1990
Poster paint, pencil, Letraset text on paper
114 x 85 cm | 45 x 33 1/2 in
Democratic Grid Series No. 2, August 1989
Poster paint, pencil on paper
114 x 85 cm | 45 x 33 1/2 in
Democratic Grid Series No. 3, October 1989
Poster paint, pencil on paper
114 x 83 cm | 45 x 32 2/3 in
Network Interventions No. 6, November 2007
Poster paint, pencil on paper
115 x 84 cm | 45 1/4 x 33 in
Network Interventions No. 5, October 2007
Poster paint, pencil on paper
94 x 100 cm | 37 x 39 1/3 in
Conceptual Tower Series No. 36, January 1995
Poster paint, pencil on paper
74 x 108 cm | 29 1/4 x 42 1/2 in
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Conceptual Tower Series No. 35, May 1994
Poster paint, pencil on paper
110 x 75 cm | 43 1/3 x 29 1/2 in
Conceptual Tower Series No. 33, June 1993
Poster paint, pencil on paper
110 x 75 cm | 43 1/3 x 29 1/2 in
V.D.U. Transformation Series No. 6, 1989
Pencil, poster paint on paper
101 x 63 cm | 39 3/4 x 24 3/4 in
Conceptual Tower Series No. 24, February 1990
Poster paint, pencil on paper
124 x 82 cm | 48 3/4 x 32 1/4 in
Conceptual Tower Series No. 11, June 1988
Pencil, poster paint on paper
116 x 67 cm | 45 2/3 x 26 1/3 in
Conceptual Tower Series No. 11, June 1988
Pencil, poster paint on paper
116 x 67 cm | 45 2/3 x 26 1/3 in
Democratic Grid No. 15 (Double Logic Cube), June 2000
Gouache paint, pencil on paper and card
Paper cubes with pedestals and plexiglass cover
Various dimensions
Signs and Messages from Modern Life No. 4, 1987
photo print, color photographs, pencil, acrylic lacquer on paper
132 x 82 cm | 52 x 32 1/4 in
Signs and Messages from Modern Life No. 5, June1987
Photographic prints, photographic dye, pencil, acrylic paint on paper
81 x 132 cm | 32 x 52 in

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