Conceptual Art


One of the most rigorous, authoritative surveys of this influential movement


Edited by Peter Osborne


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This book marks a new, original and authoritative re-examination of a major turning point in late twentieth-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 book demonstrates, Conceptual art continues today to raise fundamental questions not only about the definition of art itself but also about politics, the media and society.

Conceptual art, since its zenith from 1966 to 1972, has influenced not only all subsequent art but made a major contribution to the history of ideas. It, in turn, drew much of its inspiration from the writings of thinkers ranging from the philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein to the playwright Samuel Beckett. For the first time, excerpts from these key influential writings are included alongside the major original texts by artists, critics, curators and art historians. An international movement, Conceptual art encompasses not only North America and Western Europe but also South America, Eastern Europe, Russia, China and Japan. Its legacy is global, ranging from small local participatory projects to large-scale installations at major museums and biennials.

 


About the author(s)
Peter Osborne is a critical theorist who has written widely on aesthetics, art theory and philosophy of contemporary art. He is Professor of Modern European Philosophy at Kingston University, London.

Osborne is the author of The Politics of Time: Modernity and the Avant-Garde (Verso, 1995) and Philosophy in Cultural Theory (Routledge, 2000). He was a contributor to Rewriting Conceptual Art (eds. Michael Newman and Jon Bird, Reaktion Books, 1999) and has edited several critical anthologies including A Critical Sense: Interviews with Intellectuals (Routledge, 1997) and From an Aesthetic Point of View: Philosophy, Art and the Senses (Serpent's Tail, 2000). He contributes to a number of periodicals and is on the editorial board of the journal Radical Philosophy.


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