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Is Anything More Dry and Ungratifying Than Conceptual Art?

Added by Jason Edward Kaufman on November 4 2011, at 10:50 am
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  • Duchamp’s manufactured “readymade” urinals and shovels, Sol LeWitt’s written instructions for wall drawings, Joseph Kosuth’s blow-ups of dictionary texts -- these iconoclastic gambits can seem better suited to a seminar on epistemology or linguistics than to an art gallery. Who would want to live with these obscure and visually unrewarding artworks? 


    But some feel quite the opposite. They find beautiful things boring and the intellectual  challenges of Conceptual art exciting. The works they collect engage them in ongoing conversations about the nature of reality and perception. 


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