This book addresses the relationship between artistic practice and theory. It explores the ways in which some of the leading exponents of American conceptual art, including Mel Bochner, Douglas Huebler, Robert Morris and Lawrence Weiner, have borrowed and utilized concepts drawn from the fields of philosophy, ethnology, psychology and epistemology. Anaël Lejeune focuses on the interest these artists took in Continental – especially French – theory, which, beginning in the 1960s, increasingly influenced the American cultural and academic world. Michel Foucault, Claude Lévi-Strauss, Jean Piaget and Ludwig Wittgenstein, for instance, provided the inspiration for various modes of questioning and analytical models that informed and shored up the artists’ practice as well as their own forays into theory. The author then turns to the nature of the transformations inevitably wrought by such transfers and traces the elaboration of a form of artistic problematization or “theory at work”, particularly through assimilation, appropriation and, concomitantly, differentiation from certain disciplines in the humanities.
Author: Anaël Lejeune
Graphic design: Charles Mazé & Coline Sunier
Published in 2017
15.5 x 22.7 cm