Uncommon Ground: Land Art in Britain 1966-1979 launched at Southampton City Art Gallery on Thursday 9 May, it features the work of 24 artists and artist groups, it is the most comprehensive exhibition of British Land art to date. Uncommon Ground questions how landscape and nature came to be key concerns of Conceptual art in Britain and explores the unique characteristics of the way Land art developed here.
Drawn primarily from the Arts Council Collection and supplemented by loans from other major UK collections as well as the artists themselves, this exhibition takes a fresh look at British art between the mid-1960s and late-1970s and includes some of the most important artists working in the UK in that period including Tony Cragg, Antony Gormley, Hamish Fulton, Richard Long, Anthony McCall and David Nash.
Curated by Nicholas Alfrey, (University of Nottingham) Joy Sleeman, (Slade School of Art, University of London) and Ben Tufnell, (Writer and Curator), Uncommon Ground examines the meaning Land art might have in a British context, where landscape has long been a recognised element of national art and identity.
Image credit: Installation shot of Uncommon Ground exhibition, showing scultures by Antony Gormley.
Photo credit: with thanks to Michael Foyle