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Postcards from the edge of art?

— January 2014

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Jonathan Monk, Cooling Towers (2013), Hole punched found card of the Palace of Westminster

The Postcard is a Public Work of Art

23 January to 1 March 2014

An exhibition of postcards by 60 artists based in Britain. Curated and catalogued by Jeremy Cooper.

The purpose of an artist's a postcard is to express an idea, aesthetic and intellectual, specifically and exclusively in the form of a postcard, that could actually be postable, even when made of wood, or bone, or steel. The exhibits are not merely postcard-sized paintings, but instead they engage individually with the form and purpose of the postcard.  The exhibition's title ‘The Postcard is a Public Work of Art’ is taken, with the approval of both artists, from a postcard of 1996 designed by Simon Cutts and printed by David Bellingham at his Glasgow imprint WAX366.

To accompany the exhibition there will be a postcard catalogue, drawn from curator and writer Hans Ulrich Obrist's catalogues Hotel Carlton Palace Chambre 763 in Paris in 1993 and Take Me (I'm Yours) at the Serpentine Gallery in London in 1995. This form was itself inspired by the work of Lucy Lippard  in the 1970s. The postcards-of-the-postcards are an extension of this idea.

Postcards by: Åbäke, David Bellingham, John Bevis, George Blair, David Blamey, James Brooks, Lewis Chaplin, Ruth Claxton, Julie Cockburn, Patrick Coyle, Simon Cutts, Leo Davey, Tim Davies, Arnaud Desjardin, Karen Di Franco, Daniel Eatock, Ruth Ewan and Dan Griffiths, Jacky Fleming, Ryan Gander, Cristina Garrido, Paul Greenleaf, Mark Harfield, Gabriel Hartley, Juliet Haysom, Tony Hayward, Tim Head, Susan Hiller, Georgie Hopton, Dean Hughes, Juneau Projects, Peter Kennard and Cat Phillips, Alan Kitching, Sharon Kivland, Helen Knight, Michael Leigh, Rebecca Loweth, Sara MacKillop, Elizabeth Magill, Imi Maufe, Hansjörg Mayer, Elizabeth McAlpine, Ingrid Berthon-Moine, Jonathan Monk, Paul Morton, Andy Parker, Mark Pawson, Georgina Potier, Ruth Proctor, Frances Richardson, Robert Richardson, Molly Rooke, Colin Sackett, Sarah Staton, Holly Stevenson, Peter Sylveire, Erica Van Horn, Nick Wadley, Stuart Whipps, Anwyl Cooper-Willis, Duncan Wooldridge

Exhibition open Thursday – Saturday, 11a.m.–6p.m.
23 January to 1 March 2014

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