• Gustav Metzger

    Modern Art Oxford

    Although to some extent invisible in the ’80s, Gustav Metzger was a vital art-world presence throughout the ’60s and ’70s, a period of manifestos, lectures, actions, events, and festivals on the theme of “auto-destructive art” culminating, in Metzger’s case, with his call for a three-year art strike: “Years Without Art, 1977–1980”—no work, no shows, no sales, nothing. It was necessary, he felt, in order to give artists time to reflect on their activity and to become more theoretically engaged. Thus his decade of comparative invisibility began, during which younger artists gradually became aware

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