Art & Language "Landscape with St George Delivered at Night"
Michael Baldwin and Mel Ramsden took over Art & Language’s practice in 1977, maintaining its essayist and self-critical nature. From 1969, the publication Art-Language offered public access to the multitheoretical field in which Art & Language developed their initiatives during the sixties, seventies and eighties. The most recent positions adopted by the artists Baldwin and Ramsden take up the perception of their own collective past. Carles Guerra is an artist, art critic and independent curator. He holds a PhD degree from the Universitat de Barcelona, where he completed a doctoral thesis about the dialogical aspects of the practice of Art & Language. In 1999 he co-curated, along with Manuel Borja-Villel, the exhibition Art & Language in Practice at the Fundació Antoni Tàpies. He was the Director of La Virreina Centre de la Imatge (2009-11) and Chief Curator at MACBA (2011-13). Philippe Méaille’s consistent recollection and gathering of early works by Art & Language gives us full access to a fascinating period in which analytical philosophy, that of language and of scientific knowledge, provided the tools to dismantle the notion of art and the art object.
This text records the conversation held between Michael Baldwin, Mel Ramsden, Philippe Méaille and Carles Guerra on the occasion of the project Art & Language Uncompleted. The Philippe Méaille Collection, presented at the Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona (MACBA) from 19 September 2014 to 12 April 2015.