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Terry Atkinson, b.1939

Greaser Slat V1990

This work, first shown at IMMA in 1992, utilises the unorthodox art material of motor grease to question the aesthetic status quo concerning art, and how it is exhibited in the museum context. These concerns have informed part of Atkinson’s role as a founder member of Art and Language, a group dedicated to questioning concepts of art which were seminal to the emergence of Conceptual art in Britain in the 1960s and 1970s. Although Atkinson left the group in 1974, the Greaser works represent a further development of the concern of expanding the borders of art by creating objects that challenge the borderline between painting and sculpture.
“Grease generates quite a lot of decorative and extraneous incident. It seems to be physically situated across the border of two and three dimensions. An incident in extremis (especially in heat) would be the grease literally falling out of the painting into the world of the gallery, museum, studio etc.”*

*Quotation from Terry Atkinson in Irish Museum of Modern Art Press Release, 1992.

MediumHardboard, wood, grease, acrylic
Dimensions 154.5 x 100 cm
Credit LineIMMA Collection: Purchase, 1993
Item NumberIMMA.430
Copyright For copyright information, please contact the IMMA Collections team: [email protected].
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Terry Atkinson, Greaser Slat V, 1990, Hardboard, wood, grease, acrylic, 154.5 x 100 cm, Collection Irish Museum of Modern Art, Purchase, 1993

For copyright information, please contact the IMMA Collections team: [email protected].

About the Artist

Terry Atkinson b.1939

A founder-member of the group Fine-Artz (1963), and the influential Art & Language (1968-74), English artist Terry Atkinson began his career producing conceptual collaborative works. Post 1975, he went on to exhibit independently. Nominated for the Turner Prize in 1985, Atkinson had a solo exhibition at IMMA in 1993. He teaches art at the University of Leeds.
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