Image and Text in Conceptual Art
This book examines the use of image and text juxtapositions in conceptual art as a strategy for challenging several ideological and institutional demands placed on art. While conceptual art is generally identified by its use of language, this book makes clear exactly how language was used. In particular, it asks: How has the presence of language in a visual art context changed the ways art is talked about, theorised and produced? Image and Text in Conceptual Art demonstrates how artworks communicate in context and evaluates their critical potential. It discusses international case studies and draws resources from art history and theory, philosophy, discourse analysis, literary criticism and social semiotics. Engaging the critical and social dimensions of art, it proposes three methods of analysis that consider the work’s performative gesture, its logico-semantic relations and the rhetorical operations in the discursive creation of meaning. This book offers a comprehensive method of analysis that can be applied beyond conceptual art.
Employs a multidisciplinary approach drawing from art history and theory, visual communication, philosophy, discourse analysis, literary criticism, and social semioticsUses case studies from different geographical and socio-political sites: the UK, the USA, and ArgentinaStakes a claim that can be applied to visual culture studies and suggests that conceptual art and other forms of art can be understood not only through an engagement with art’s aesthetic, but also its rhetoric