Art & Language (Michael Baldwin)

Untitled Painting

1965

Medium
Mirror on canvas
Dimensions
Object: 816 x 583 x 75 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Presented by Tate Patrons 2007
Reference
T12331

Not on display

Display caption

Since the Renaissance, painting has often been likened to a window upon the world, with central perspective giving the viewer a sense of surveying what is contained within the picture frame. In a bold gesture, Art & Language turn this century-old convention upside-down by replacing the painting’s surface with a mirror. Rather than look at an image of the artist’s making, viewers are now confronted by themselves, thereby questioning a long-held notion of painting transcending reality.

Gallery label, April 2009

Film and audio

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Art & Language (Michael Baldwin, born 1945; Mel Ramsden, born 1944) Art & Language: Conceptual art, mirrors and selfies

British artists Michael Baldwin and Mel Ramsden reflect on the beginnings of conceptual art group Art & Language

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