Concepts

»When an artist uses a conceptual form of art, it means that all of the planning and of the decisions are made beforehand, and that the execution is a performatory affair. The idea becomes a machine that makes the art. This kind of art is not theoretical or illustrative of theories; it is intuitive, it is involved with all types of mental processes and is purposeless. It is the objective of the artist who is concerned with conceptual art to make his work mentally interesting to the spectator, and therefore usually he would want it to become emotionally dry. There is no reason to suppose however, that the conceptual artist is out to bore the viewer. It is only the expectation of an emotional kick, to which one conditioned to expressionist art is accustomed, that would deter the viewer from perceiving this art.« 

Sol LeWitt, 1967

»I think art is expressive but it is expressive of that which can be expressed in no other way. Hence, to say that art has meaning is mistaken because then you believe that there is some message (…). Yes, art ist expressive, but it is expressive of that which can be expressed in no other way. So it cannot be said to have a meaning which is separable from its existence in the world. No explicit meanings, not in mind when I address myself to the work, not at all. What is quite the opposite is that I find that my greatest difficulty and the really most painful and difficult part of my work is draining and ridding my mind of that burden of meaning which I’ve absorbed through the culture – things that seem to have something to do with art but don’t have anything to do with art at all (…). My art springs from the desire to have things in the world which would otherwise never be there (…). The sense of one’s being in the world confirmed by the existence of things and others in the world.«

Carl Andre, 1970

Foto: Tobias Roch, Hagen Bildrechte: VG Bild Kunst, Bonn 2014 Bildrechte: gemeinfrei, Foto: Peter Hinschläger Bildrechte: Calder Foundation New York / Foto Stiftung Lehmbruck Museum

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