The postconceptual condition: critical essays

Osborne, Peter (2018) The postconceptual condition: critical essays. London, U.K. : Verso Books. 223p. ISBN 9781786634207

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If, as Walter Benjamin claimed, “it is the function of artistic form … to make historical content into a philosophical truth,” then it is the function of criticism to recover and to complete that truth. Never has this been more necessary or more difficult than with respect to contemporary art. Contemporary art is a point of condensation of a vast array of social and historical forces, economic and political forms and technologies of image production. Contemporary art expresses this condition, Osborne maintains, through its distinctively postconceptual form. These essays—extending the scope and arguments of Osborne’s Anywhere or Not at All: Philosophy of Contemporary Art—move from philosophical consideration of the changing temporal conditions of capitalist modernity, via problems of formalism, the politics of art and the changing shape of art institutions, to interpretation and analysis of particular works by Akram Zataari, Xavier Le Roy and Ilya Kabakov, and the postconceptual situation of a crisis-ridden New Music.

Item Type: Book
Physical Location: This item is held in stock at Kingston University Library.
Research Area: Philosophy
Faculty, School or Research Centre: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > School of Arts, Culture and Communication
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > Centre for Research in Modern European Philosophy (CRMEP)
Depositing User: Peter Osborne
Date Deposited: 24 Jan 2018 11:31
Last Modified: 25 Jun 2018 15:08

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