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Sunday, 26 June 2011

NOTES ON VARIOUS ART MOVEMENTS SINCE THE MIDDLE OF THE 19th CENTURY.


CONCEPTUAL ART


Extreme phase of Modern Art in which ideas are presented in diagram or in description, rather than in conventional execution as a painting or sculpture.

Term embracing various forms of art in which the idea for a work is considered more important than the finished product, if any.

Conceptual art became a major, international phenomenon in the 1960’s although its manifestations had been very diverse; Photos, Texts, Maps Diagrams, Sound Cassettes and Videos, etc. had been used as communication media. Most conceptual artists deliberately rendered their productions visually uninteresting in order to divert attention to the idea they express.

Exponents and admirers of Conceptual art see it as posing questions about the nature of art and provocatively expanded its boundaries. To the general public, and to modern critics, it usually seems pretentious and hollow.

Some names connected with this wave are: Joseph Kosuth, Daniel Buren, Ed Ruscha and Robert Barry, who offered the following as serious artistic commentary.

                                                                                  
All the things I know
But of which I am not
At the moment thinking-
1.36 pm. June 1969


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