There was a time when the work of artists roused feelings of one sort or another.

Today there is not much shock value in anything they do.
Chambers Cartoon, Halifax, 1973 In conceptual art the idea or concept is the most important aspect of the work. When an artist uses a conceptual form of art, it means that all of the planning and decisions are made beforehand and the execution is a perfunctory affair. The idea becomes a machine that 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

making of aesthetic choices. Tony Godfrey has noted that "conceptual art is an art which questions the very nature of what is understood as art."

Perhaps as a result, some critics contend that fine art is no longer interesting or important. How did we get there from here? Have a k at Rod’s blog at You can comment on anything you see or read there!

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