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The Artist As A Critic

The Artist As A Critic

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Published by Rodney Mackay
What happened to the artist's ability to raise public passions?
What happened to the artist's ability to raise public passions?

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Published by: Rodney Mackay on Apr 20, 2008
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There was a time when the work of artists roused feelings of onesort or another. Today there is not much shock value in anythingthey do.
Chambers Cartoon, Halifax, 1973 In conceptual art the idea or concept is the most important aspect of the work. When anartist uses a conceptual form of art, it means that all of the planning and decisions aremade beforehand and the execution is a perfunctory affair. The idea becomes a machinethat makes the art. – Sol LeWitt, "Paragraphs on Conceptual Art", Artforum, June 1967.
Conceputalist work requires little or no physical craftsmanship on the part of the practitioner, as opposed to traditional art, which is distinguished by actual work and the

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