London

Gordon Matta-Clark, Anarchitecture, 1974, black-and-white photograph, dimensions variable. From “Open Systems.”

Gordon Matta-Clark, Anarchitecture, 1974, black-and-white photograph, dimensions variable. From “Open Systems.”

London

Open Systems: Rethinking Art c. 1970

Tate Modern
Bankside
June 1–September 18, 2005

Curated by Donna de Salvo

For some, the “System” of the 1960s evoked images of a nameless and monolithic authority. For artists, however, the notion of “systems aesthetics” referred broadly to works of art conceived as open and expanding networks, a concept in dialogue with popular discourses around cybernetics. Former Tate curator Donna de Salvo takes up the importance of structures and systems in movements from Fluxus to Neo-concretism, Minimalism to Conceptualism. Spanning the mid-’60s through the ’70s, “Open Systems” features art in a range of media by over thirty artists—Bas Jan Ader, Marcel Broodthaers, Valie Export, and Ilya Kabakov, among others. The accompanying catalogue includes essays by de Salvo, Boris Groys, Mark Godfrey, and Johanna Burton.