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The Doppelganger

Willats, Stephen (b. 1943), 1984, Photographic print, mixed media; 2 panels each 136 x 98

Stephen Willats was born in London and studied at Ealing School of Art in 1962-3.  During the 1960s Willats became a pioneer of conceptual art. His multi-media works often involve creative social projects.    For Willats, the making of art is a social practice, concerned with the effects the structure of modern urban society has on the individual.  The Doppelganger, in which a City worker is by night transformed into a skinhead, is one of a series of works made by Willats in 1984, exploring the night-time world of alternative cultures.  This work was bought with the aid of a contribution from the LACF in 1988.