Anywhere or Not at All: Philosophy of Contemporary Art

Anywhere or Not at All: Philosophy of Contemporary Art

Peter Osborne

Language: English

Pages: 256

ISBN: 1781680949

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


Contemporary art is the object of inflated and widely divergent claims. But what kind of discourse can open it up effectively to critical analysis? Anywhere or Not at All is a major philosophical intervention in art theory that challenges the terms of established positions through a new approach at once philosophical, historical, social and art-critical. Developing the position that “contemporary art is postconceptual art,” the book progresses through a dual series of conceptual constructions and interpretations of particular works to assess the art from a number of perspectives: contemporaneity and its global context; art against aesthetic; the Romantic pre-history of conceptual art; the multiplicity of modernisms; transcategoriality; conceptual abstraction; photographic ontology; digitalization; and the institutional and existential complexities of art-space and art-time. Anywhere or Not at All maps out the conceptual space for an art that is both critical and contemporary in the era of global capitalism.

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2002; T.J. Clark, Farewell to an Idea: Episodes from a History of Modernism, New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 1999; and The Sight of Death: An Experiment in Art Writing, New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 2006. 13 Rosenberg, ‘Criticism and its Premises’, p. 148. 14 Jean-Marie Schaeffer, Art of the Modern Age, trans. Steven Rendall, Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2000, p. 3. 15 Ibid., pp. 4–5. 16 Arthur Danto, ‘The End of Art’, in The Philosophical Disenfranchisement of

Technological Reproducibility’ [Second Version, 1936], in Selected Writings, Volume 3, pp. 101–33, 108); in the third version it appears as ‘the evaluating attitude’ (Selected Writings, Volume 4, p. 269). Interestingly, these are the sections in which there is the greatest difference between the two versions. 39 Ellen Seifermann and Christine Kintisch, ‘Forward’, Romantic Conceptualism, p. 7. 40 Osborne, ‘Painting Negation’. 41 Quoted in the Foreword to Gerhard Richter: Panorama. A

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forms and a polemical relation to the social content of the now-global media. In the first case, pixelizing the images through the massive enlargement of print-processing errors. In the latter case, by a return to photojournalistic source images: The Hunt for the Taliban and Al Qaeda (2002), an investigative journalistic diagram, for example, and Risk Game (2002), a machine painting on fabric of American marines playing the board game of world domination, Risk, on a ship in the Gulf of Aden.

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