This book marks a new, original and authoritative re-examination of a major turning point in late twentieth-century art. Since the mid 1960's conceptual art has directly challenged the very notion that a work of art is by definition an object of visual pleasure. Conceptual art is first and foremost an art of questions. As this book demonstrates, conceptual art continues today to raise fundamental questions not only about the definition of art itself but also about politics, the media and society. For the first time, excerpts from key influential writings are included alongside the major original texts by artists, critics, curators and art historians.
This softcover book measures 9 4/5 inches by 11 2/5 inches. Published March 23, 2011.
Phaidon’s empire of world-renowned books on food, architecture, fashion, design and travel complement the publisher’s beginnings. Named after Socrates’s pupil Phaedo, who was known for his discourses on immortality, this London-based publishing house got its start in 1923 as a producer of high quality, reasonably priced literature, philosophy, and history books. In 1936 it added art to its repertoire, publishing some of the first monographs of Van Gogh and Botticelli. All volumes pair erudite text with breathtaking photography; a perennial favorite is Phaidon’s stunning, large-scale Atlas of 21st Century World Architecture.