Dematerialized Politics and Artists' Periodicals of the Conceptual Art Movement
This 2016 paper explores the physical and aesthetic form of artists’ magazines of the Conceptual era, arguing that the tactile material of the printed page was paradoxically integral in implementing Conceptual art’s dematerializing politics. These publications offered an increased level of intimate interaction between artwork and individual, breeding a new private space for the experience of art.
The essay begins with an essential exploration of the development of the print periodical, its impact on private and public spheres, and its subsequent adoption by artists. It culminates with a careful consideration of the political and material characteristics of three case studies: Aspen Magazine (1965 – 1971), 0 To 9 (1967-1969), and Art-Rite (1973 – 1978).
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