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234 × 156 mm
264 pages
80 illustrations
01 Oct 1999
Critical Views

Rewriting Conceptual Art Michael Newman, Jon Bird

With essays by Alex Alberro, Stephen Bann, Jon Bird, David Campany, Helen Molesworth, Michael Newman, Peter Osborne, Birgit Pelzer, Desa Philipagesi, Anne Rorimer, Peter Wollen and William Wood.

An international movement that followed specific geographical-cultural patterns, Conceptual Art built on the legacy of Marcel Duchamp, redefining the institutional and social relationships among production, work and audience in ways which have comprehensively transformed the nature of the art object and forms of artistic practice, both historically and in the present.

Investigating and documenting the histories, theories and forms of Conceptual Art, this timely book, including both established writers and a new generation of art historians, shows that Conceptual Art was a broad movement encompassing a range of artistic tendencies. This is the most stimulating account of the movement to date, arguing forcefully for its vitality and potential as well as examining its influence on art today.

Rewriting Conceptual Art is a valuable contribution to knowledge about some recent art and artists, and constructs along the way a useful history of the post-1960s art world.’ – Art Monthly

‘The book is exemplary, not least for combining important new research with critical insights into both the reception and subsequent impact of Conceptualism in its diverse manifestations.’ – Tate Magazine

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Michael Newman is Senior Lecturer at Central St Martins School of Art, London.

Jon Bird is Professor of Art and Critical Theory at Middlesex University, author of Leon Golub: Echoes of the Real (Reaktion, 2001), and editor of Otherworlds (Reaktion, 2003).