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When Attitudes Become Form and the Contest over Conceptual Art's History

Green, Alison (2004) When Attitudes Become Form and the Contest over Conceptual Art's History. In: Conceptual Art: Theory, Myth and Practice. Cambridge University Press, pp. 123-143. ISBN ISBN-13: 9780521530873 | ISBN-10: 0521530873

Type of Research: Book Section
Creators: Green, Alison

This essay was the first extended study of one of the most significant exhibitions of the late 1960s, 'Live in Your Head: When Attitudes Become Form' (Bern Kunsthalle, 1969). Based on archival research and interviews, and a forensic study of the show’s reception history, the essay argues that there was an important dimension to the subjective experience of Conceptual Art that is obscured by the poststructuralist approach of its main commentators. Whilst their critical position emphasises the “linguistic turn” exemplified in Conceptual Art’s use of language, the exhibition had a wider focus on process, material, and in curator Harald Szeemann’s interest in closing the gap between the production and reception of art.

The innovative approach was to critique the current literature on Conceptual Art via theories of exhibitions, a relatively new field of research in the late 1990s. The essay thus proposed a different kind of historical practice, one that gives attention to the complexity of a real-time event rather than its role as a marker of historical progress.

Official Website: http://www.cambridge.org/uk/catalogue/catalogue.asp?isbn=0521530873
Publisher/Broadcaster/Company: Cambridge University Press
Your affiliations with UAL: Colleges > Central Saint Martins
Date: 2004
Digital Object Identifier: 10.2277/0521530873
Related Websites: http://www.csm.arts.ac.uk/51792.htm
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Date Deposited: 05 Dec 2009 12:34
Last Modified: 20 Sep 2010 14:33
Item ID: 1117
URI: https://ualresearchonline.arts.ac.uk/id/eprint/1117

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