The Power Plant

Postscript: Writing After Conceptual Art

Various Artists

Past Exhibition

Jun 21 – Sep 02 2013

Pavel Büchler, Studio Schwitters, 2010. Sound installation, loudspeakers, table and computer. Courtesy the artist and Max Wigram Gallery, London

Pavel Büchler, Studio Schwitters, 2010. Sound installation, loudspeakers, table and computer. Courtesy the artist and Max Wigram Gallery, London




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Nora Burnett Abrams and Andrea Andersson, Museum of Contemporary Art Denve

Postscript: Writing After Conceptual Art is a group exhibition featuring the work of more than fifty Canadian and international artists and writers. It is the first exhibition to examine the work of conceptual writing, investigating the roots of the movement in the art of the 1960s and 70s and presenting contemporary examples of text-based art practices. The Power Plant brings Postscript to the gallery to explore the place of language within contemporary art and broadly examine its relationship to history.

Postscript includes a selection of writing by Conceptual artists of the 1960s that were specifically distributed in traditional codex form. The contemporary conceptual writing filling the galleries includes paintings, drawings, prints, 16mm films, digital video, photographs, mixed-media sculpture, sound installations, and iPad applications; the historical works on view are distinguished by their increasingly obsolete bound structure. For an exhibition full of copies – of found and reproduced texts, of visual and literary art that mimic one another and echo works from preceding generations – the book binding introduces questions about the role of disciplinary specificity in contemporary reading and writing practices.

The historical works in this exhibition are examples of text-based art generated through practices of appropriation, transcription, translation, redaction, and constraint. The contemporary works on view borrow these same strategies, and in many cases, turn the strategies back onto historical works of literature and art. Postscript brings together different generations and different disciplines to demonstrate that works that look alike can still signify differently.


Mark Amerika & Chad Mossholder, Carl Andre, Fiona Banner, Erica Baum,
Derek Beaulieu, Caroline Bergvall, Jen Bervin, Jimbo Blachly & Lytle Shaw, Christian Bök, Marcel Broodthaers, Pavel Büchler, Luis Camnitzer, Ricardo Cuevas, Tim Davis & Robert Fitterman, Monica de la Torre, Craig Dworkin, Tim Etchells, Ryan Gander, Michelle Gay, Kenneth Goldsmith, Dan Graham, Alexandra Grant, James Hoff, Bill Kennedy & Darren Wershler, Seth Kim-Cohen, Sol LeWitt, Glenn Ligon, Tan Lin, Gareth Long, Michael Maranda, Helen Mirra, Jonathan Monk, Simon Morris, João Onofre, Michalis Pichler, Paolo Piscitelli, Vanessa Place, Kristina Lee Podesva, Seth Price, Kay Rosen, Joe Scanlan, Dexter Sinister, Frances Stark, Joel Swanson, Nick Thurston, Triple Canopy, Andy Warhol, Eric Zboya

Photo by Toni Hafkenscheid.

Sound installation, loudspeakers, table and computer, dimensions variable. Courtesy the artist and Max Wigram Gallery, London. Photo by Toni Hafkenscheid.

Laser print on paper, dimensions variable. Courtesy the artist. Photo by Toni Hafkenscheid.

Plastic components, 40 x 40 inches. Courtesy the artist. Photo by Toni Hafkenscheid.

Indian ink on wall. Courtesy the artist. Photo by Toni Hafkenscheid.

Photo by Toni Hafkenscheid.

Summer 2013 Program Guide

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About the Artists

Fiona Banner

Fiona Banner (born 1966), also known as The Vanity Press, is a British artist.


Sol LeWitt

Sol LeWitt was an iconic American artist whose work helped to establish both Minimalism and Conceptual Art.


Tim Etchells

Tim Etchells is an artist and a writer based in the UK. He has worked in a wide variety of contexts, notably as leader of the world-renowned performance group Forced Entertainment and in collaboration with a range of visual artists, choreographers, and photographers.