Conceptual Art

Conceptual Art

Paperback Art & Ideas

By (author) Tony Godfrey

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  • Publisher: Phaidon Press Ltd
  • Format: Paperback | 448 pages
  • Dimensions: 160mm x 218mm x 32mm | 980g
  • Publication date: 6 November 1998
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0714833886
  • ISBN 13: 9780714833880
  • Illustrations note: 200 colour & 50 b&w illustrations, glossary, map, index
  • Sales rank: 100,192

Product description

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.

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Author information

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.

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'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)

Table of contents

Introduction - what is Conceptual Art?; early modernism - anti-art gestures; the post-war period - alternatives to painting; false, radical and obdurate - realities in the early sixties; who were the brain police? - six types of Conceptual Art; crises of authority - the dominance of Conceptual Art; the end? - the decline or diaspora of Conceptual Art; "Are you Boring or Are you Angry?" - artists using photography; the name on the door - artists using words since 1980; who are the style police? - Conceptual Art Today.