Conceptual Art 11/10/16

This is art in which the idea or concept presented by the artist is considered more important than the finished product, if any such exists.

Conceptual artists used their work to question the notion of what art is, and often rejected museums and galleries as defining authorities. The work of Conceptual artists helped to put photographs, musical scores, architectural drawings, and performance arts on an equal footing with painting and sculpture.

Conceptualism – this is the idea.In  conceptual art , the most important is the idea. So conceptualism – is art ideas. And the whole history of art can be assessed in the light of new ideas and in this case it is possible not to look at the paintings themselves. It is impossible to give a different meaning to the conceptual art.

‘One and three chairs’, Joseph Kosuth


He convincingly shows that artists in general, are not necessary, because the artists do not produce anything. For example, there is a table, the artist depicts the table, but he is not the author of the table. And the author is not a joiner or carpenter who made the table, and its creator – presumably God. All the masters who made the table – not the authors table. And all the tables – it is a copy, and artists create only copies of copies. Accordingly, Kossuth takes no desk and chair, and makes just such a representation of the idea of what art is.

Michael Craig Martin ‘An Oak Tree’, 1973

An Oak Tree 1973 by Michael Craig-Martin born 1941

In this work the artist Michael plays with our expectation, because the object does not correspond to its name. Martin’s piece of art, An Oak Tree, explores the possibility that the essence of something lies beyond its physical appearance.

It’s a difficult idea to get your head around. Crouch takes it, and shows how central it is to the very essence of theatre. He draws our attention to the transformations that we take entirely for granted. Martin is able to transform the glass to an oak tree in much the same way that Crouch, as a playwright, summons the transformation from person to actor to character.

The physical impossibility of death in the mind of someone living, 1991


‘The Physical Impossibility of Death in the Mind of Someone Living’ has become embedded in popular culture as one of the most iconic images of contemporary art. Conceived by Hirst in 1989 whilst at Goldsmiths, the ‘Natural History’ work consists of a thirteen-foot tiger shark preserved in a tank of formaldehyde, weighing a total of 23 tons. The shark is contained within a steel and glass vitrine three times longer than high and divided into three cubes.

By isolating the shark from its natural habitat, with the formaldehyde providing an illusion of life, the work explores our greatest fears, and the difficulty involved in adequately trying to express them. As Hirst states: “You try and avoid [death], but it’s such a big thing that you can’t. That’s the frightening thing isn’t it?”

To be quite honest, I do not really like conceptual art movement , because I think that people are interested to see the final piece and then if they are really liked it they can read some information and this is the most important part. I think almost people do not really care about the history or idea, this is not pleasant fact , but this is true.


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