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Group show: Jonathan Monk & Keith Arnatt (over)

17 May 2008 until 24 May 2008
  Jonathan Monk & Keith Arnatt
  Ingleby Gallery

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press release

Jonathan Monk
& Keith Arnatt

OPENS Saturday 17th May
CLOSES Saturday 24th May
Within these dates, the exhibition is open every day from 10am to 5pm

We are delighted to announce the 23rd in our series of 26 artists 'pairings', a collaborative installation by two of the most interesting conceptual artists of their respective generations, Jonathan Monk and Keith Arnatt.

Monk's work frequently references other artists and particularly those making conceptual work in the 60s and 70s. Here he pays homage to one of the largely unsung heroes of this period, Keith Arnatt, with an installation based on one of Arnatt's seminal texts from the 1970s. The words KEITH ARNATT IS A REAL ARTIST will be installed at Monk's direction as two identical wall texts on two facing walls in an emphatic re-statement of the obvious but which also calls us to reconsider the work of this important but overlooked figure in 20th century art.

Mark Haworth-Booth (previous Head of Photography at the Victoria & Albert Museum, London) has admiringly described Arnatt as someone with a "perverse delight in taking things literally, being so 'down to earth' that our mouths fall open in astonishment". Monks proposal for this exhibition perfectly echos that view, and celebrates the irreverent humour and straightforward brilliance of Arnatt's extensive oeuvre.

Keith Arnatt was born in Oxford in 1930 and studied at Oxford School of Art and the Royal Academy in London. He began his career as a painter and sculptor, but in the late 1960s moved towards more conceptual work - which he called 'situations' - documenting each installation or action photographically. These included such physically demanding pieces as Liverpool Beach Burial (1968), a line of volunteers interred up to their necks in sand, and Self Burial - the artist gradually disappearing, frame by frame, under a grassy field. Renowned for his conceptual work at this time, Arnatt held solo exhibitions at Tate, London and the Museum of Modern Art in New York. However in 1973, introduced to work of the likes of Diane Arbus and Walker Evans by teaching colleague and Magnum photographer David Hurn, Arnatt changed direction again, embarking on a 30 year career as a photographer. For many years to come he would be largely overlooked by the art world, a situation which is at last beginning to be rectified with events such as last years exhibition at The Photographer's Gallery, London: 'Keith Arnatt: I'm A Real Photographer'.

Jonathan Monk was born in Leicester in 1969. He studied at The Glasgow School of Art from 1988-91 and now lives and works in Berlin. His substantial solo exhibition Something No Less Important Than Nothing/ Nothing No Less Important Than Something can be seen at Glasgow's Tramway until 18 May, after which he will open shows at Palais de Tokyo and Musee d'Art Moderne, Paris.

For further information and press images please contact Caroline Broadhurst on 0131 556 4441 or

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