Classics of Conceptual Art

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  • Exploited Subjects        Bernar Venet        Books / Artists’ Books        $65.00
  • Flower Arrangement        Dennis Oppenheim        Books / Artists’ Books        $80.00
  • Ten Isometric Drawings for Ten Vertical Constructions [First Edition]        Fred Sandback        Books / Artists’ Books        $10.00
  • Mel Bochner : Drawings 1966 - 1973        Mel Bochner        Books / Artists’ Books        $20.00
  • Working Drawings and Other Visible Things on Paper Not Necessarily Meant To Be Viewed As Art        Mel Bochner        Books / Catalogs        $75.00
  • A Voyage on the North Sea        Marcel Broodthaers        Books        $200.00
  • Stanley Brouwn : Entfernung = Länge        Stanley Brouwn        Books        $95.00
  • Four Events and Reactions        John Baldessari        Books / Out of Print Books        $350.00
  • Conceptual Art and the Politics of Publicity        Seth Siegelaub and Alexander Alberro        Books / Source Books        $21.00
  • Art & Language : Kunstmuseum Luzern        Art & Language        Books / Catalogs        $75.00

The work made by artists in the latter half of the 1960s that came to be known as Conceptual Art rejected traditional modes of representation and embraced a de-materialized approach to art making. In their desire to elevate the Idea to the status of artwork, artists such as Sol LeWitt, Hanne Darboven, On Kawara, Stanley Brouwn, and Lawrence Weiner among others, employed strategies that emphasized the work of the mind over that of the hand. Using mapping systems, numerical systems, sequential and instructional systems, they proposed works of art that did not actually have to be realized to be understood or appreciated. An emphasis on language to convey these propositions inspired many conceptual artists to create books and pamphlets. These easily distributed works were themselves the only necessary venues for artists’ ideas, doing away – at least theoretically – with the need for galleries. The artists’ books on this list are accompanied by current critical literature that discusses Conceptual Art – the erstwhile radical critique of the art world – as a chapter in contemporary art history.

  1. Bernar Venet
    Exploited Subjects
    [New York], [NY]: Multiples Inc. and Inc.], [1970]
    size unknown
    Out of stock
  2. Dennis Oppenheim
    Flower Arrangement
    New York, NY: Inc. and Multiples Inc., 1970
    size unknown
    Out of stock
  3. Fred Sandback
    Ten Isometric Drawings for Ten Vertical Constructions [First Edition]
    New York and New Hampshire, NY: Lapp Princess Press, Ltd. and P.P. Rindge, 1977 ; 2003
    size unknown
    Out of stock
  4. Mel Bochner
    Mel Bochner : Drawings 1966 - 1973
    New York, NY: Lawrence Markey Gallery, 1998
    Out of stock
  5. Mel Bochner
    Working Drawings and Other Visible Things on Paper Not Necessarily Meant To Be Viewed As Art
    Genève / Köln / Paris, Switzerland / Germany / France: Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther König, Cabinet des Estampes and Picaron Editions, 1997
    Out of stock
  6. Marcel Broodthaers
    A Voyage on the North Sea
    London, England: Petersburg Press, 1974
    size unknown
    Out of stock
  7. Stanley Brouwn
    Stanley Brouwn : Entfernung = Länge
    Bern, Switzerland: Kunsthalle Bern, 1977
    Out of stock
  8. John Baldessari
    Four Events and Reactions
    Florence and Paris, Italy and France: Centro Di and Galeria Sonnabend, 1976
    size unknown
  9. Seth Siegelaub and Alexander Alberro
    Conceptual Art and the Politics of Publicity
    Cambridge, MA: MIT press, 2003
    size unknown
    Out of stock
  10. Art & Language
    Art & Language : Kunstmuseum Luzern
    Luzern, Switzerland: Kunstmuseum Lucerne, 1974
    Out of stock
Last updated 11/13/2013