BMAG is planning an exhibition of Conceptual art featuring work by Bruce Nauman, Jenny Holzer, Ed Ruscha and Lawrence Weiner.
The selection assembles key pieces by each artist who all have a strong interest in language: Nauman employs puns and repetitions to reveal the gaps between speech and subjectivity; Holzer focuses closely on the language of officialdom; Ruscha makes typographical monuments in iconic American land- and cityscapes fusing pop iconography with a playful sense of irony; Weiner creates a sense of sculptural space with pared-down exhortations in text.
This exhibition presents icons of Conceptual art in a manner that underlines one of its original aims, to communicate with audiences in meaningful and direct ways using contemporary media and materials outside of the traditional gallery system. The exhibition will immediately precede the Art Fund International survey show in autumn 2012, Global to local, and will open up audiences to the breadth of ideas within Conceptual art that have been so influential upon art today.
Bristol Museum & Art Gallery