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Lisson Gallery
52-54 & 29 Bell Street,
London, NW1 5DA, United Kingdom   map * 
tel: +44 20 7724 2739     fax: +44 20 7724 7124
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Lisson Gallery was founded in 1967 by Nicholas Logsdail. It was one of a small number of pioneering galleries in the UK, Europe and the United States to champion a generation of artists who were transforming the way art was made and presented, focusing on the idea or concept behind an artwork over expressive or descriptive aims. These young artists – including Sol LeWitt, Robet Mangold, Dan Graham, Donald Judd, Dan Flavin, Carl Andre, Lawrence Weiner, Art & Language, John Latham, Peter Joseph, Lee Ufan, Giulio Paolini, Daniel Buren - represented not a style but an attitude, an ethos concerning art's place in a wider intellectual, cultural and social context.

Over the past forty years Lisson Gallery has built on this foundation, identifying and supporting succeeding generations of artists, each with a radical and distinctive approach to the artistic possibilities  of their times. The New British Sculptors who came to maturity in the early 1980s – Tony Cragg, Richard Deacon, Shirazeh Houshiary, Anish Kapoor, Julian Opie, Richard Wentworth and Bill Woodrow – engaged imaginatively with the sculptural object within a conceptual framework. In the 1990s, a more diverse group demonstrated a poetic conceptualism of image and language – Rodney Graham, Douglas Gordon, Ceal Floyer, Jonathan Monk, Christine Borland, Tatsuo Miyajima and Francis Alÿs – while other artists including Tony Oursler and Jane & Louise Wilson used the media of video and sound to create heightened visions of the social constructs of their age.  A new generation has emerged in the first decade of 20th century – Gerard Byrne, Santiago Sierra, Allora & Calzadilla, Fernando Ortega, Sean Snyder, Tim Lee, Christian Jankowski – who explore the structures of representation and cultural value from global perspectives.

Ortega, Sean Snyder, Tim Lee, Christian Jankowski – who explore the structures of representation and cultural value from global perspectives.

Building  on its strong history, Lisson Gallery works to support the future of its artists: the legacy of historic figures, the continually evolving practice of established artists, and the wide-ranging potential of emerging and new talents.

From its beginnings, Lisson Gallery has been located in Bell Street near Lisson Grove, close to London's West End but also part of a dynamic and diverse local neighbourhood. It operates as a commercial gallery, its key objectives being to further its artists' careers by supporting the production, presentation and sale of their work

The Art Newspaper interview by Anna Somers Cocks October 2008

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Mon - Fri 10am - 6pm  Sat: 11am - 5pm

 

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