Category Archives: Conceptual Art

Around the World in Books and a Box

In the 1950s, when Ray Bradbury wrote Fahrenheit 451, the idea of desecrating a book was sacrilege. No dog earing the pages, we were taught; no scribbling. But books aren’t what they used to be. Artists paint over pages and … Continue reading

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History of Rejection

You’re cutting up an avocado for salad, but first you have to remove that little oval sticker. How annoying — they’re also on bananas, and if you don’t catch them before rinsing a red pepper, you never get them off. … Continue reading

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Debunking the Artist Myth

In the opening scene of Puccini’s “La Boheme,” we see a poet, a musician and a philosopher with an artist in his spacious, window-illuminated garret, burning a manuscript for warmth and spending the rent money on libation and carousing. Although … Continue reading

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Art is More than Painting

John Baldessari, a pioneer of conceptual art, felt he wasn’t going anywhere with painting and so in the late 1960s he had the “body” of work cremated and took home the ashes in a box. He made cookies from some … Continue reading

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Bee in her Bonnet

Three years ago, when Warren Jeffs was jailed for being an accomplice to rape in arranging polygamous marriages between under-age girls and older men, I was fascinated by the hand-sewn 19th-century clothing the women at the Yearning for Zion Ranch … Continue reading

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