“A critical evaluation of conceptual art is complicated by the following paradox.”

towerofsleep:

ninaperlman:

“…CONCEPTUAL ART ENTAILED A REVOLUTIONARY PROMISE (SUGGESTING A RADICAL DEMYSTIFICATION OF ARTISTHOOD) THAT HAS NEVER MATERIALIZED – SOMETHING THAT MANY CRITICS AND HISTORIANS WORKING ON CONCEPTUAL ART SEE AS AN UNMISTAKABLE FAILURE. CONCEPTUAL ART NEVER DELIVERED WHAT IT SEEMED TO PROMISE. HOW SHOULD WE RELATE THE MATERIAL SUCCESS OF CONCEPTUAL ART (AS A RANGE OF ESTABLISHED AND RECOGNIZABLE WORK FORMATS) TO THIS FAILURE?”

RTMI


August 4, 2012