Artists’ Postcards from 1960 to the present day from Jeremy Cooper’s Collection

An exhibition of over 200 of the late twentieth centuries’ most famous artist’s work is on display at The Atkinson as part of the exhibition – Wish You Were Here?

Selected from Jeremy Cooper’s major artists’ postcards collection, Wish you were here? Presents works by a number of major contemporary artists including a rare postcard made by John Lennon and David Hockney’s only artist postcard.

Featuring over 200 artists including Carl Andre, Richard Long, Bruce Nauman, Joseph Beuys, Yoko Ono, Ben Vautier, Gilbert & George, Susan Hiller, Gavin Turk, Tacita Dean and Mark Wallinger amongst many others, this touring exhibition is a unique opportunity to see works from the collection, some for the first time, before its donation to the British Museum Prints and Drawings Department in 2018

The familiar postcard phrase Wish You Were Here, appropriated by severalartists in the exhibition can be traced back to the early 20th century tourist postcard. It may be less straight-forward than it appears, gathering to itself a host of complex longings, dreams and regrets. People spend many years longing to be somewhere else, feeling that things would somehow be better if only they lived elsewhere or were someone else, as expressed in some of the postcards with titles including:Wish You Were Her, I Wish I Were You, Wish I was There and always wanting to be somewhere else.

The exhibition however goes beyond the cliché of its title and looks at the remarkable diversity  in which artists have considered the postcard as a medium in its own right, through which we can trace important moments in the history of Modern and Contemporary art from the 1960s to the present day.

Manipulated, collaged or originally produced, artists’ postcards express an idea, aesthetic and intellectual, most of them postable, even if made out of wood, bone or stone.  Whether creating fictions, social comments or visual humour, they are fascinating and exquisite small works of art in their own right.

For more information please visit theatkinson.co.uk or call the box office on 01704 533333. The exhibition is on display from Saturday 23 August until Sunday 9 November




Wish You Were Here?

Saturday 23 August – Sunday 9 November



The Atkinson
Lord Street



Notes to Editors

Curated by Jeremy Cooper in collaboration with Cynthia Morrison-Bell

All works in the exhibition courtesy of Jeremy Cooper

Wish You Were Here?  touring exhibition is organised and produced by Art Circuit Touring Exhibitions

A smaller exhibition of the collection, The Artists’ Postcard Show, curated by Helen Legg was initiated and shown at Spike Island ,Bristol in 2012.  The Postcard is a Public Work of Art, curated by Jeremy Cooper and  Eleanor Vonna Brown was shown at X Marks the Bökship, London in 2014

For more information, interviews, images or review tickets, please contact Emma Lloyd at The Atkinson on 0151 934 2129 | emma.lloyd@sefton.gov.uk

About The Atkinson

The Atkinson is Southport’s beautiful new home for music, theatre, art, poetry, literature and history, right in the middle of Lord Street in Southport. Significant investment has been made in refurbishing the stunning 19th century buildings, to create a really welcoming multi art-form venue with a strong contemporary feel.

The Atkinson offers an exciting and varied destination for families, cultural tourists and arts enthusiasts alike, with a full day and night time offer. Wile the day away visiting the new shop, that sells gifts and contemporary crafts from regional makers and then relax in the Bakery, choosing from a selection of artisan bread sandwiches, cakes and sharing platters. You can even take little bit of The Atkinson home with you from the delicatessen. Wonder through the major exhibitions and see performances from some of the UK’s foremost musicians, actors, performers and companies, films, family activities and much more.

In October 2014 The Atkinson becomes something even more exciting for visitors, with the opening of the museum which will tell the story of Southport and Sefton as well as the area’s dramatic maritime history. It will also be the new home for the Goodison Egyptology Collection, a remarkable collection of archaeology that has not seen for over 40 years.



Posted on 21 August 2014 under General news

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