Stephen Willats

Stephen Willats (1943)

Lives in London (UK). Works in London (UK).

Stephen Willats (1943, London) is a British artist, who lives and works in London. Since the early 1960s he has created works concerned with extending the territory in which art functions, while leading a critical examination of environments shaped by contemporary life. Willats is one of the forerunners of conceptual art in Europe, embracing interdisciplinary processes and theory from sociology, systems, analysis, cybernetics, computer technology, semiotics and philosophy, in the furtherance of the element of interactivity which continues to be one of the key drivers in his work. 

Lumen Travo Galerie
Amsterdam - Nederland
Stephen Willats speaks about his exhibition at Galerie Thomas Schulte, February 2018
Stephen Willats Discusses his solo show at Modern Art Oxford
Stephen Willats speaks about his exhibition at Galerie Thomas Schulte, February 2018

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Stephen Willats is an international figure in contemporary art; he has worked in the Netherlands since the 1970’s where his work is represented in several public collections, it has been exhibited in the Van Abbe Museum Eindhoven, De Gemeente Museum den Haag, Breda, Venlo etc. Most recently his work was seen in "Becoming Dutch" in the Van Abbe Museum. Upcoming shows include a significant retrospective that the Migros Museum in Zurich will host in May 2019.

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BIOGRAPHY 1943 Born in London. Lives and works in London EDUCATION 1962-63 ‘The Ground Course’, Ealing School of Art 1965 to date Editor and publisher of Control Magazine 1972-73 Director of ‘The Centre for Behavioural Art’, London 1979-80 D.A.A.D. Fellowship, West Berlin 1990 Convenor of the Symposium, ‘Art Creating Society’, Museum of Modern Art, Oxford 1991 Stephen Willats - Printed Archive’ established at the Victoria and Albert Museum 2003 Convenor of the Seminars ‘Art Intervention’, Control Magazine at Vilma Gold, London 2006 Multiple Clothing’ seminar and performance at Tate Modern, London SOLO EXHIBITIONS 2008 Stephen Willats, Galerie Thomas Schulte, Berlin, Germany 2007 Assumptions and Presumptions, Art on the Underground 2007 Person to Person People to People, Milton Keynes Gallery 2006 Going Home, (An Exhibition in 3 Chapters), MOT Gallery, London 2006 How the World is and How it could be, Museum fur Gegenswartkunst Siegen, September – January 2006 2006 From My Mind To Your Mind, Victoria Miro Gallery, London 2006 Publishing Interventions, Connor Donlon Books, Herald St Gallery, London 2005 Stephen Willats – Street Talk Amsterdam, Lumen Ttravo, Amsterdam 2005 Kritische Gesellschaften, Badischer Kunstverein, Karslruhe 2005 Multichannel Life, Galerie Christian Nagel, Cologne 2005 Street Talk Amsterdam, Galerie Lumen Travo, Amsterdam 2004 Messages from the Polemical City, Galerie Thomas Schulte, Berlin 2004 Engagierte Kunst, Neues Museum, Nurnberg 2003 Personal Encounters in Your Imagination, Galerie Reinhard Hauff, Stuttgart 2002 Cognitive Control, Institute of Visual Culture, Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge 2002 Through Your Symbolic World, Victoria Miro Gallery, London 2000 Macro To Micro, Gallery Laure Genillard, London 1999 Multichannel Vision, Galerie Reinhard Hauff, Stuttgart 1998 Random Encounter, Southampton City Art Gallery 1998 Changing Everything, South London Art Gallery 1998 Creative Force, Mappin Art Gallery, Sheffield 1998 Concepts, Strategies & Models 1962 - 65, Gimpel Fils, London 1997 Street Talk, Victoria Miro Gallery, London 1997 Between Me And You, Middlesbrough Art Gallery 1997 MULTICULT, Galerie Lumen Travo, Amsterdam 1995 Living Together, Tramway, Glasgow 1995 A State Of Agreement, Galerie Franck & Schulte, Berlin 1994 Random Life, Victoria Miro Gallery, London STEPHEN WILLATS 1994 Museum Mosaic, Tate Gallery, Liverpool 1994 Fateful Combinations, The British School at Rome 1994 Into the Infra-Structure, Galerie Lumen Travo, Amsterdam 1993 Buildings & People, Berlinische Galerie, Berlin 1993 Multiple Clothing, Institute of Contemporary Art, London 1991 Publishing Interventions, 1963 - 1991, National Art Library, Victoria & Albert Museum, London 1990 Mosaics, Galerie Kaj Forsblom, Helsinki, Finland 1989 Secret Language, Cornerhouse Gallery, Manchester 1988 Transformers, Laing Art Gallery, Newcastle 1987 Contemporary Living, Museum van Hedendaagse Kunst, Gent 1987 Between Objects And People, Leeds City Art Gallery 1986 City of Concrete, Ikon Gallery, Birmingham 1986 Grusse vom Medernen Lebe, Stadtische Galerie, Regensburg, West Germany 1996 Groeten uit het moderne leven, Museum van Hedenaagse Kunst, Utrecht, Holland 1996 Concepts and Models, ICA, London 1996 Vier Hiizen in Den Haag, Haags Gemeentemuseum, Den Haag, Holland 1996 Striking Back, Mappin Art Gallery, Sheffield 1984 Another City, Riverside Studios, London 1983 Inside The Night, Lisson Gallery, London 1982 Meta Filter and Related Works, Tate Gallery, London 1980 The Lurky Place, Galerie Jurgen Schweinebraden, East Berlin 1980 Four Professionals, Lisson Gallery, London 1980 Concerning Our Present Way of Living, Stedelijk van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven 1980 4 Inseln in Berlin, National Galerie, West Berlin 1979 Concerning Our Present Way of Living, Whitechapel Art Gallery, London 1978 Questions About Ourselves, Lisson Gallery, London 1978 Living Within Contained Conditions, Museum of Modern Art, Oxford 1977 Attitudes Within Four Relationships, Southampton City Art Gallery 1976 Life Codes And Behaviour Parameters, The Midland Group Gallery, Nottingham 1976 Attitudes Within Four Relationships, Lisson Gallery, London 1975 Meta Filter, A State Of Agreement, The Gallery, London 1973 The Artist As An Instigator Of Changes in Social Cognition and Behaviour, Gallery House, London 1968 Visual Automatics & Visual Transmitters, Museum of Modern Art, Oxford