Book: Conceptual Revolutions in 20th Century Art

Hannah Höch, Cut with the Dada Kitchen Knife through the Last Weimar Beer-Belly Cultural Epoch in Germany, 1919, collage of pasted papers, 90x144 cm

Hannah Höch, Cut with the Dada Kitchen Knife through the Last Weimar Beer-Belly Cultural Epoch in Germany, 1919, collage of pasted papers, 90×144 cm

Conceptual Revolutions in Twentieth-Century Art by David W. Galenson offers an useful overview of the modern and post-modern art looking at how the new art-market structure (initiated by the late 19th century Impressionists) influenced development of the 20th century art. Galenson argues that changes in the market place allowed (and asked for) greater and faster innovations which in turn generated a large number of new styles and genres, and gave birth to a novel artist behaviors. The demand for innovation suited Conceptual Artists who thrived from “reducing style to a short-run strategy rather than a long-run goal.”

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