Black Box on a Shelf in a Bunker in Armagh...

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Date:1985

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Terry Atkinson (born 1939)

Black Box on a Shelf in a Bunker in Armagh, Connected Both Inside and Outside the Bunker. A Goyaesque Odd-horned, Buck Toothed Ram, Having Got Its Head Through the Slit, Finds Its Horns in the Way of Getting Out. A British Army Puma Helicopter, Rightly Historically Suspicious, Scouts the Situation, 1985

Pencil on paper

450mm x 585mm

The drawing depicts a bunker with a table and a black box. A ram is seen through one bunker slit and a helicopter is seen through another. The title is hand-written beneath the image.

Over the past 40 years Terry Atkinson has played a significant role in the direction of international contemporary art through his own practice and teaching. Terry Atkinson was born in the coal mining village of Thurnscoe in South Yorkshire. He lived there until 1960, when he moved to London to attend the Slade School in October of that year. In 1968 he co-founded the collaborative art group and teaching forum, Art and Language, with David Bainbridgem Michael Baldwin and Harold Hurrell. This was centred on Coventry School of art where Atkinson had started to teach in October 1966. Art and Language expanded the definition of art, basing their art and writing on a continual examination of the concept and role of art and criticism. Art and Language challenged the idea that you could not question visual language used by artists because it was something centred in the artist's soul, therefore private and could not be understood by the public. Terry Atkinson lives and works in Leamington Spa.


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Donor ref: LEAMG : A1015.2003 (64/24594)

Source: Leamington Spa Art Gallery and Museum

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