Fondazione Antonio Ratti

Peter Osborne

Contemporary Art Is Post-conceptual Art

9 July 2010
FAR – Villa Sucota

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The lecture expounded the speculative proposition: ‘Contemporary art is post-conceptual art’. Setting out from a discussion of competing periodizations of contemporary art, it seeked to develop an alternative, critical concept of contemporary art as post-conceptual art. Aspects of this critical-historical definition included discussion of: transcategoriality and the status of mediums; an ontology of materializations; post-aesthetic poetics; and the role of politics in the dialectic of art and anti-art.

Peter Osborne is Professor of Modern European Philosophy and Director of the Centre for Research in Modern European Philosophy, Middlesex University, London. He is an editor of the British journal Radical Philosophy. His books include The Politics of Time: Modernity and Avant-Garde (1995; 2nd ed. 2010), Philosophy in Cultural Theory (2000), Conceptual Art (2002), Marx (2005), (ed.) Walter Benjamin: Critical Evaluations in Cultural Theory (3 Volumes, 2005) and El arte más allá de la estética: Ensayos filosóficos sobre el arte contemporáneo (CENDEAC, 2010). His writing on contemporary art includes contributions to Afterall, Art History, October, Oxford Art Journal, and to catalogues for Manifesta 5 (San Sebastian, 2004), Time Zones (Tate Modern, 2004), Zones of Contact (2006 Biennale of Sydney), The Quick and the Dead (Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, 2009) and Matias Faldbakken: The Shock of Abstraction (National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design, Oslo/Ikon, Birmingham 2009).

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