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Conceptual Art : Art & Ideas - Tony Godfrey

Conceptual Art

Art & Ideas

Paperback Published: 27th December 1997
ISBN: 9780714833880
Number Of Pages: 448

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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 a vivid engagement with such questions. It can take many forms: photographs, videos, posters, billboards, charts, plans and, in particular, language itself. Tony Godfrey has written the first ever clear, extensive, concise and informative account of this fascinating phenomenon.

About the Author

Tony Godfrey is Programme Director of the MA in Contemporary Art at Sotheby's Institute, London. His books include New Image Painting in the 1980s and Drawing Today.

'Tony Godfrey's book is the intelligent, well argued, comprehensive and beautifully presented survey of Conceptual art we have been waiting on for years. It is both accessible and easily readable while at the same time conceding little intellectual high ground. This is an exquisitely designed paperback which both looks and feels the business. Buy it, steal it, or get your local library to buy it. This is that rare thing - an indispensable classic that is a must for anyone interested in understanding the roots of contemporary art.' (Contemporary Visual Arts) 'Art & Ideas has broken new ground in making accessible authoritative views on periods, movements and concepts in art. As a series it represents a real advance in publishing.' (Sir Nicholas Serota, Director, Tate London) 'The format is wonderful and offers what had long been missing in academic studies: usable manuals for specific themes or periods...I am definitely not alone in welcoming Art & Ideas as a precious set of teaching tools.' (Joachim Pissarro, Yale University) 'Authoritative'(Christie's Books) 'More than just a compilation of sources, documents, and images ... Osborne offers an original, challenging, reinterpretation of Conceptual Art ... a solid contribution to the burgeoning re-examination of Conceptual Art.' (Barry Schwabsky, BookForum)

Introduction: What is Conceptual Art?p. 4
Anti-Art Gestures in Early Modernism: Duchamp and Dadap. 17
The Postwar Period: Alternatives to Paintingp. 53
False, Radical and Obdurate: Realities in the Early 1960sp. 83
The Dematerialized Object, Almost Eight Conceptual Artworksp. 121
Who Were the Brain Police?: Varieties of Conceptual Artp. 145
The Crisis of Authority: Political and Institutional Contextsp. 185
The End?: Decline or Diaspora of Conceptual Art?p. 239
Where Were They?: The Curious Case Of Women Conceptual Artistsp. 279
Looking at Others: Artists Using Photographyp. 299
What is Your Name?: Artists Using Words Since 1980p. 343
Who Are the Style Police?: Controversies and Contexts in Recent Artp. 377
Glossaryp. 426
Brief Biographiesp. 428
Key Datesp. 433
Mapp. 436
Further Readingp. 438
Indexp. 441
Acknowledgementsp. 446
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ISBN: 9780714833880
ISBN-10: 0714833886
Series: Art & Ideas
Audience: General
For Grades: 8+
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 448
Published: 27th December 1997
Publisher: Phaidon Press Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.0 x 16.0  x 2.7
Weight (kg): 0.89
Edition Number: 1