Conceptual art

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Phaidon, Nov 6, 1998 - Art - 447 pages
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What is art? Must it be a unique, saleable luxury item? Can it be a concept that never takes material form? Or an idea for a work that can be repeated endlessly? Conceptual art favours an engagement with such questions. As the variety of illustrations in this book shows, it can take many forms: photographs, videos, posters, billboards, charts, plans and, especially, language itself. Tony Godfrey has written a clear, lively and informative account of this fascinating phenomenon. He traces the origins of Conceptual art to Marcel Duchamp and the anti-art gestures of Dada, and then establishes links to those artists who emerged in the 1960s and early 1970s, whose work forms the heart of this study: Joseph Kosuth, Lawrence Weiner, Victor Burgin, Marcel Broodthaers and many others.

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Pointless book. Conceptual art is not art

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An excellent book, though a large part of my feeling that it is excellent can be attributed to Godfrey having more or less my feelings about so many things. I like that he's not afraid to make ... Read full review


AntiArt Gestures in Early Modernism
The Postwar Period
False Radical and Obdurate

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About the author (1998)

Godfrey is Senior Lecturer in postwar art at Sotheby's Institute, London.

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