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Contemporary Art and the Paradoxes of Conceptualism
Out of print
- On the structural interlocking of contemporary art with the legacy of conceptual art
- Art-theoretical insights are linked with relevant historical and cultural developments
- Award Dutch Best Book Designs 2015
Author: Camiel van Winkel
Design: Sam de Groot
2012, Valiz | supported by Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds and Fonds beeldende kunsten, vormgeving en bouwkunst (BKVB) | paperback (otabind) | 304 pp | 23 x 15 cm (h x w) | English | ISBN 978-90-78088-56-1
>In this compilation of essays Camiel van Winkel uncovers the conceptual roots of contemporary art. He shows that the art of today as a whole is essentially ‘post-conceptual’. The production and reception of art are determined by circumstances and factors that conceptual artists in the years 1965-75 were the first to announce: the cultural dominance of information, the professionalization of artistic practices, and the applicability of the criteria of ‘good design’.
This post-conceptual perspective offers a new and revealing insight into the systematics of contemporary art and artisthood, in particular with regard to the relation between conceptual and visual aspects, the meaning of theoretical discourse, and the role of institutions and mediators.