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Conceptual art / edited by Peter Osborne.


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London ; New York : Phaidon, 2002.
  • Book
  • 304 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 30 cm.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 298-299) and index.
  • Survey - Philosopher and art historian Peter Osborne provides a complete overview of the movement, its origins and its legacy, tracing its early development from the experimental music scores of John Cage, through the 1961 'instruction paintings' of Yoko Ono to 'scores' or instructions for events and actions in the mid 1960s work of artists such as Lawrence Weiner and Vito Acconci. The Survey discusses in depth each of the six categories of work illustrated in the Works section-- Works - The colour plate section, each image accompanied by a full description, is divided into eight sections: Pre-history, 1940-1960 - Instruction, Performance, Documentation - Process, System, Series - Word and Sign - Appropriation, Intervention, Everyday - Politics and Ideology - Institutional Critique - Afterwards, 1980-2000-- Documents - Critical anthology including 'cultural context' texts by writers and thinkers who were influential on the movement, alongside key original texts by artists, critics, curators and art historians-- Artists' Biographies, Authors' Biographies, Bibliography, Index.
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Publisher's Summary:
This text marks an original and authoritative re-examination of a major turining point in late 20th-century art. Since the mid 1960s conceptual art - an art that consists of ideas written down, enacted or simply carried in your head - has directly challenged the very notion that a work of art is by definition an object of visual pleasure. Conceptual art is first and foremost an art of questions. As this text demonstrates conceptual art continues today to raise fundamental questions not only about the definition of art itself but about politics, the media and society. This volume brings together all the most recent critical perspectives on conceptual art - such as the inclusion of work produced outside of Europe and the USA, in Japan, South America, China, Russia and Eastern Europe. It also offers a thematic overview of conceptual art which should prove valuable to anyone studying the movement, dividing it into six distinctive categories: six different ways in which artists contested traditional notions of art by highlighting the role of ideas in the production of art's meaning. Section one, "Pre-history, 1940-1960", presents the main precursors of conceptual art in the USA, Europe and Japan. Section two, "Instruction, Performance, Documentation", traces the emergence of the first "conceptual" artworks as the scores of experimental music developed into "scores" or instructions for events and actions. Section three, "Process, System, Series", looks at the kind of conceptual art, linked to minimalism, that explores ideal systems of logical, mathematical and spatial relationships. Section four, "Word and Sign", considers art centred on language in the form of painted, printed or written texts. Section five, "Appropriation, Intervention, Everyday", deals with art that intervenes in other cultural forms or activities in order to transform them - ranging from projects using advertising billboards to activities such as cleaning the streets. Section six, "Politics and Ideology", focuses on art that reflects on and conveys explicity political contents. Section seven, "Institutional Critique", is devoted to works that examine the power structures underlying the institutions of art. Section eight, "Afterwards, 1980-2000", samples key works of the "post-conceptual" installation art that dominates the international art world today. Conceptual art, since its high period from the 1966 to 1972, has not only influenced all subsequent art but has made a major contribution to the history of ideas. Conceptual art in turn drew much of its inspirations from the writings of thinkers ranging from the philosopher Ludwig Wittenstein to the playwright Samuel Beckett. This text presents excerpts from these key influential writings alongside major original texts by artists, critics, curators and art historians in the "Documents" section.
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Osborne, Peter, 1958-
Themes and movements.

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