Tony Morgan and Conceptual Art made in Britain


Inspired by Fluxus and his relationships with Daniel Spoerri and Robert Filliou, Morgan’s practice focused on video and performance. Tony Morgan (b. 1938 Leicestershire – d. 2004 Geneva) remains one of the most innovative British filmmakers, famous for his early photo-conceptual works.

Presented at Richard Saltoun Gallery and opening to the public on 28th July, this exhibition is part of a series of shows exploring Conceptual Art made in Britain during the 60s and 70s.

Tony Morgan left London at the age of 22 to embark on a month-long walk to Rome, an epic walk which he later referred to as his “first performance” and cites as the nexus for his later performances and ‘exercises’. The most famous of these, The Book of Exercises, 1971, will be exhibited for the first time in it entirety: encompassing 49 pages of typewritten text and 21 black and white photographs. Bringing together photography and text, the “book” attempts a taxonomy of activities according to their usefulness to the community: washing, transportation, housework, harvesting, versus private wealth, censorship, and the abuse of legal power.

Image: Copyright Tony Morgan, Washing, 1971, Black and white photograph, 79 x 64.5 cm, Copyright the Estate of Tony Morgan. Courtesy Richard Saltoun Gallery.