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Conceptual Art (Phaidon Art and Ideas)

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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, langua ...more
Paperback, 448 pages
Published November 6th 1998 by Phaidon Press
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Paul Bryant
Jul 22, 2013 Paul Bryant rated it really liked it
Why did the conceptual artist cross the road?

So his girlfriend could take a photo of him doing so in the middle of dangerous rush-hour traffic which he could then exhibit in the Lower East Side in New York in 1969 as part of a piece called Look Both Ways And Die which challenges the impossibility of gender relations under patriarchal capitalism whilst also rendering acutely the futility of the art itself and, axiomatically, protests against the Vietnam War.

You know that old rhyme

Great fleas have
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Justin Evans
Apr 21, 2015 Justin Evans rated it it was amazing
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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 critical comments. I particularly like that he's not afraid to make critical comments about things I don't like: art that is just about art but acts as if it were about something far more important (e.g., if you're protesting against a museum for not giving artists more control over museums, you might like ...more
Shaun Johnson
Mar 19, 2013 Shaun Johnson rated it it was amazing
Beautifully illustrated and well-written. A seemingly boring subject is transformed into the exciting energy that encapsulates Conceptual art of the 60s and 70s. A wonderful introduction and highly recommended.
Malcolm
Apr 22, 2008 Malcolm rated it it was amazing
This is a wonderful book. For a subject so sprawling and swollen with cul-de-sacs, it's amazing how supple the author's writing is.
Ryan
Jan 24, 2008 Ryan rated it it was amazing
a really good over look of conceptual art.

Adam
Jan 03, 2011 Adam rated it it was amazing
Huge influence
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