WILLATS, Stephen

1943 - ?

Stephen A. Willats, was born at Brentford, Middlesex in 1943, only child of Eric Arthur Willats (1919-2009) and his wife Greta S. R. née Layman, who married at Brentford in 1940. He studied at Ealing School of Art and was a visiting tutor at the Ipswich School of Art and whilst there lodged in the farmhouse of Judith Foster [q.v.] and her husband Richard Pinkney [q.v.]. Stephen Willats is a pioneer of conceptual art and since the early 1960s has created work concerned with extending the territory in which art functions. His work has involved interdisciplinary processes and theory from sociology, systems analysis, cybernetics, semiotics and philosophy. Notable projects include 'Multiple Clothing' (19651998), 'The West London Social Resource Project'(1972), and the book 'Art and Social Function: Three Projects' (1976).

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