Keywords: Art, Culture and Society in 1980s Britain
28 February – 11 May 2014
Exploring how changes in the meaning of words reflect the cultural shifts in our society.
First published in 1976, Raymond Williams’ seminal work discussed 136 'keywords' in context of their origin, current use, and the range of definitions attached to them. While the text was organised alphabetically, Williams said he often wished some other ‘form of presentation could be devised’.
This is one such attempt. Working in collaboration with Will Holder, Luca Frei designed and stencilled a selection of keywords – such as behaviour, criticism, folk, realism, taste and violence – onto the gallery wall.
Works from the Tate collection by artists such as Sonia Boyce Willie Doherty and John Dugger are installed beneath, in order to draw connections between word and image.