Walking into the Conceptual art show, “Emergency Eyewash,” I was shocked when one of the pieces started moving. I had mistakenly assumed that the two figures standing in the first room were statues. As I began to move, so did one of the figures. Dressed in a green uniform of a park ranger with a beekeeper hat, the man walked the space of the room the whole time I explored the exhibition. We didn’t speak, but we were aware of each other’s movements. This performance work was juxtaposed with two dimensional pieces in which poetic phrases were stenciled on the paper in various colors. Designed by Carol Szymanski and Barry Schwabsky, this exhibition at tANJA gRUNERT explores the relationship between language and poetry through the works of poets ant artists.
What is art? During the 1960s and 1970s artists in Britain questioned what should be considered art. In a movement known as conceptual art, these artists pushed the boundaries of tradition. A pile of oranges, a cup of water on a ledge, a painted black canvas, all were considered art, conceptual art. The process of the work was more important than the actual piece produced. In the exhibition “Conceptual Art in Britain 1964-1979,” currently on view at Tate Britain, some of the works of Britain’s most famed conceptual artists are displayed along side each other. Artists include: Kieth Arnatt, Art & Language, Hamish Fulton, Susan Hiller and Richard Long.
Tips for Artists Who Want to Sell // John Baldessari // Acyrlic on canvas // 1966 – 1968
In a work that he did not paint, conceptual artist John Baldessari provides three important tips for artists who want to sell their work. Witty yet surprisingly convincing, Baldessari commentates on the art market and what society deems important qualities for art works in order to be sold. Do you think these tips are accurate?