Stephen Willats

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About the Artist

From the early 1960s until today, Stephen Willats has situated his pioneering practice at the intersection between art and other disciplines such as cybernetics, advertising systems research, learning theory, communications theory and computer technology. In so doing, he has constructed and developed a collaborative, interactive and participatory practice grounded in the variables of social relationships, settings and physical realities.

  • In Focus: Stephen Willats Concepts and Construction Works, 1961–1965

     

    For Art Basel OVR: Pioneers, the gallery presents a focused selection of important works from the early 1960s by Stephen Willats. 

     

    For six decades, Stephen Willats (born in London in 1943) has concentrated on ideas that today are ever-present in contemporary art: communication, social engagement, active spectatorship and self-organisation, and has initiated many seminal multi-media art projects. He has situated his pioneering practice at the intersection between art and other disciplines such as cybernetics – the hybrid post-war science of communication – advertising, systems research, learning theory, communications theory and computer technology. In so doing, he has constructed and developed a collaborative, interactive and participatory practice grounded in the variables of social relationships, settings and physical realities. Rather than presenting visitors with icons of certainty he creates a random, complex environment which stimulates visitors to engage in their own creative process.

     

    Art Basel OVR: Pioneers is dedicated to artists who have broken new aesthetic, conceptual, or socio-political ground. Victoria Miro’s presentation of works by Stephen Willats is also available to view on Vortic, the leading virtual and augmented reality platform for the art world.

     

     

     

  • Previous exhibitions at Victoria Miro

    13 March - 17 April 2014

    Stephen Willats

    REPRESENTING THE POSSIBLE
    An exhibition which brings together previously unseen works on paper from the 1960s and the present day in a specially conceived installation. Willats' career is also currently celebrated in two further London exhibitions: CONTROL, the first survey of the artist's...
    Victoria Miro Gallery I
    7 May - 12 June 2010

    Stephen Willats

    THE WORLD AS IT IS AND THE WORLD AS IT COULD BE
    THE WORLD AS IT IS AND THE WORLD AS IT COULD BE From the 1960's until today, London-based conceptual artist Stephen Willats has concentrated on ideas that today are ever-present in contemporary art: communication, social engagement, active spectatorship, and self-organization....
    Victoria Miro Gallery I
    2 - 30 September 2006

    Stephen Willats

    From My Mind To Your Mind
    During the sixties and early seventies, Stephen Willats was one of the very few serious representatives of international Concept Art in England. Drawing upon wide-ranging artistic means, Willats attempts to comprehend the way in which individuals see a world that...
    Victoria Miro Gallery I
    11 September - 8 October 2002

    Stephen Willats

    Through Your Symbolic World
    'Every cultural landscape requires its signposts, not just to get around in the present, to find out where and what things are, but to point to a vision of the future, to show a possible destiny. I see this as...
    Victoria Miro Gallery I
    27 June - 15 September 2001

    Works on Paper

    Group Exhibition (From Acconci to Zittel)
    Giovanni Anselmo, Alex Katz, Lisa Yuskavage, Vito Acconci, Henry Moore, Dawn Mellor, Nicolas de Stael, Cecily Brown, Karen Kilimnik, Sue Williams, Inka Essenhigh, Rosemarie Trockel, John Currin, David Hockney David Smith, Paul Klee, Verne Dawson, Sonia Delaunay-Terk, Stephen Willats, Terry...
    Victoria Miro Gallery I
    7 May - 30 June 2000

    Raw

    Group Exhibition
    Yayoi Kusama. Francesca Woodman, Robin Lowe, Adriana Varejão, Isaac Julien, Doug Aitken, Abigail Lane, Hadrian Pigott, Brad Lochore, Cecily Brown, Chris Ofili, Andreas Gursky, Ian Hamilton Finlay, Inez van Lamsweerde, Peter Doig, Thomas Demand, Stephen Willats, Dawn Mellor, Chantal Joffe,...
    Victoria Miro Gallery I
    8 July - 1 August 1997

    Stephen Willats

    Street Talk
    Stephen Willats presents three major new works which celebrate the richness of urban life in London where each individual builds his own space and reality in the face of a bombardment of everyday sensations. Extending ideas in earlier collaborative projects,...
    Victoria Miro Gallery II
    5 - 28 July 1995

    Temples

    Group Exhibition
    Juren Albrecht, Bernd & Hiller Becher, Thomas Demand, Andreas Gursky, Ian Hamilton Finlay, Alex Hartley, Keir Smith, Stephen Willats
    Victoria Miro Gallery II
    15 April - 13 May 1994

    Stephen Willats

    Random Life
    Victoria Miro Gallery II
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