[Marxism] conceptual art & escaping capitalism 40 years on

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Tue Sep 3 18:30:04 MDT 2013

On 9/3/13 8:09 PM, Adam Turl wrote:
> Forty Years of Dematerialization
> *2013 marks the fortieth anniversary of Lucy R. Lippard’s classic text on
> conceptual art, Six Years: The Dematerialization of the Art Object from
> 1966 to 1972. Adam Turl submits some not entirely random notes on the state
> of art forty years later. *
> Forty years ago the writer and art critic Lucy Lippard produced her
> definitive anthology of conceptual art, *Six Years: The Dematerialization
> of the Art Object from 1966 to 1972*. Conceptual art, more of a moment than
> movement, was one of art’s last great attempts to escape capitalism.
> Conceptual art emphasized ideas, language and ephemeral performances. It
> positioned itself against -- even as it grew out of -- the heroic scale of
> minimalism, the “machismo” of abstraction and the commercialism of Pop art.
> It sought to decouple art from object, and in so doing, separate art from
> commodification.
> In the decades since 1973 such “utopian” dreams have been torn asunder by
> daily grinds, the triumph of a worldwide art market and an ongoing
> suspicion of “grand narratives” -- all of which are underpinned by global
> neoliberal capitalism.
> The rest of the article is here:
> http://www.redwedgemagazine.com/4/post/2013/09/forty-years-of-dematerialization.html

My own take on conceptual art:


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