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Anywhere or Not at All: Philosophy of Contemporary Art

Peter Osborne
Verso Books
Artists' Books
15.2 × 23.7 × 2 cm

Contemporary art is the object of inflated and widely divergent claims. What kind of discourse can help us give it a critical sense?

“Anywhere or Not At All” is a major philosophical intervention in art theory that challenges the terms of established positions through a new approach at once philosophical, historical, social and art-critical. Setting out the claim that ‘contemporary art is postconceptual art’, the book elaborates a series of conceptual constructions and interpretations of works by Navjot Altaf, the Atlas Group, Amar Kanwar, Sol LeWitt, Gordon Matta-Clark, Gerhard Richter and Robert Smithson, among others. It concludes with new accounts of the institutional and existential complexities of ‘art space’ and ‘art time’.

“Anywhere or Not At All” maps out the conceptual coordinates for an art that is both critical and contemporary in the era of global capitalism.

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