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Art as concept

  1. 1. Appreciating Art as Concept <ul><li>Reminders: </li></ul><ul><li>Your study guide is on Blackboard. </li></ul><ul><li>Your next assignment is due November 29 th . </li></ul><ul><li>The final exam is on Thu. Dec. 15. </li></ul><ul><li>Key Terms/Concepts: </li></ul><ul><li>concept, readymade, Fluxus, happening, Conceptual Art, self-reflectiveness, irony against medium, dematerialization, anti-aesthetic, </li></ul><ul><li>Key Monuments: </li></ul><ul><li>Marcel Duchamp, Fountain , 1916. </li></ul><ul><li>Joseph Kosuth, One and Three Chairs , 1965. </li></ul><ul><li>Robin Page, Merry Christmas ‘66 , 1966. </li></ul><ul><li>Yoko Ono & Dance Company, Do-It-Yourself Fluxfest , February 1-13, 1966. </li></ul>
  2. 2. Art/Concept? <ul><li>All works of art have a conceptual component. </li></ul><ul><li>A component that is something other than its physical/visual form. </li></ul><ul><li>We appreciate this “concept” often as much as we appreciate the physical form. </li></ul><ul><li>Some works consist only/primarily of conceptual components we call that “conceptual art.” </li></ul>Theodore Gericault, The Raft of the Medusa, 1818-1819.
  3. 3. Conceptual Art? <ul><ul><li>self-reflectiveness : a work is made with an awareness of and addresses the “rules” regarding art. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>irony: a work uses its self-awareness/reflectiveness as a tool to not only address the “rules” but make fun of them. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>against medium: a work denies the use of “proper” art materials (paint, stone, etc.) in favor of materials that are indiscernible from the commonplace. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>dematerialization of the artwork: a work is no longer “created” in the form of a material object but rather is exists and an intangible concept. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>anti-aesthetic: a work does not seek a pleased reaction based on its form. </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. Marcel Duchamp, Fountain , 1916. Readymades Readymade was the term Marcel Duchamp used to describe works consisting of little more than household items. Because they required little or no artistic manipulation the were “readymade.”
  5. 5. Marcel Duchamp, In Advance of the Broken Arm , 1915.
  6. 6. Conceptual Art (1960s-1970s) Piero Manzoni, Artist’s Shit , 1961.
  7. 7. Joseph Kosuth, One and Three Chairs , Wooden Folding Chair, Photographic enlargement of a dictionary definition of chair, and a photographic copy of a chair. 1965.
  8. 8. Joseph Kosuth, One and Three Chairs , Wooden Chair, Photographic enlargement of a dictionary definition of chair, and a photographic copy of a chair. 1965.
  9. 9. Joseph Kosuth, One and Three Chairs , Wooden Chair, Photographic enlargement of a dictionary definition of chair, and a photographic copy of a chair. 1965.
  10. 10. George Maciunas, Fluxus Manifesto, 1963. George Maciunas, Poster for Fluxorchestra at Carnegie Recital, September 25, 1965. Fluxus (1963-Today)
  11. 11. Eric Anderson, Please Leave , May 30, 1985. Happenings are performances, exchanges, or environments orchestrated by the artist to promote viewer involvement, action and interaction.
  12. 12. Robin Page, Merry Christmas ‘66 , 1966. Dematerialization
  13. 13. Yoko Ono & Dance Company, Do-It-Yourself Fluxfest , February 1-13, 1966.

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