As Keywords: Art, Culture and Society in 1980s Britain is drawing to a close, we look at one of Raymond William’s keywords that didn’t make the show…

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  • John Baldessari, '[no title]' 1982

    John Baldessari
    [no title] 1982
    Photograph on paper
    image: 178 x 222 mm
    Purchased 1983 John Baldessari

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  • Stephen McKenna, 'Venus and Adonis' 1981

    Stephen McKenna
    Venus and Adonis 1981
    Oil on canvas
    support: 1500 x 2000 mm
    Purchased 1982 Stephen McKenna

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  • Bill Woodrow, 'English Heritage - Humpty Fucking Dumpty' 1987

    Bill Woodrow
    English Heritage - Humpty Fucking Dumpty 1987
    Mixed media
    object: 2390 x 3276 x 1067 mm
    Purchased 1987 Bill Woodrow

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  • William Johnstone, '[title not known]' 1981

    William Johnstone
    [title not known] 1981
    Lithograph on paper
    image: 324 x 511 mm
    Purchased 1981 The estate of William Johnstone

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  • Victor Burgin, '[no title]' 1991

    On display in Tate Liverpool's first floor collection galleries
    Victor Burgin
    [no title] 1991
    Screenprint on paper
    image: 756 x 951 mm
    Purchased 1992 Victor Burgin

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  • Cindy Sherman, 'Untitled #97' 1982

    Cindy Sherman
    Untitled #97 1982
    Photograph on paper
    image: 1150 x 760 mm
    Purchased 1983 Cindy Sherman

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  • Paula Rego, 'Nanny, Small Bears and Bogeyman' 1982

    Paula Rego
    Nanny, Small Bears and Bogeyman 1982
    Acrylic on paper
    support: 1200 x 1520 mm
    Presented by the Patrons of New Art through the Friends of the Tate Gallery 1984 Paula Rego

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  • Richard Hamilton, 'Bronze by gold' 1985-7

    Richard Hamilton
    Bronze by gold 1985-7
    Etching, aquatint and engraving on paper
    image: 525 x 425 mm
    Purchased 1991 The estate of Richard Hamilton

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  • Tom Phillips, 'Canto XXIV: [no title]' 1983

    Tom Phillips
    Canto XXIV: [no title] 1983
    Intaglio print, screenprint and lithograph on paper
    image: 292 x 203 mm
    Purchased 1983 Tom Phillips

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  • Peter Blake, '`The Meeting' or `Have a Nice Day, Mr Hockney'' 1981-3

    Peter Blake
    `The Meeting' or `Have a Nice Day, Mr Hockney' 1981-3
    Oil on canvas
    support: 992 x 1244 mm
    Presented by the Friends of the Tate Gallery out of funds bequeathed by Miss Helen Arbuthnot 1983 Peter Blake 2002. All rights reserved, DACS

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  • Sir Terry Frost, 'Pause of the Clock' 1989

    Sir Terry Frost
    Pause of the Clock 1989
    Etching on paper
    image: 555 x 374 mm
    Lent by the American Fund for the Tate Gallery, courtesy of David and Rene McKee 2003 The estate of Sir Terry Frost

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Williams wrote about the shifting meaning of over a hundred words and how they are affected by cultural and social changes. With the help of Stephanie Straine, assistant curator of the show, we have selected the word ‘fiction’ from his book and a range of fictitious artworks.

 As Williams says, ‘fiction has the interesting double sense of kind of imaginative literature of pure (sometimes deliberately deceptive) invention.’

View more literature and fiction in Tate’s collection.

Keywords: Art, Culture and Society in 1980s Britain is at Tate Liverpool until 11 May 2014.