sentences on conceptual art by Sol Lewitt

1- Conceptual Artists are mystics rather than rationalists.  They leap to conclusions that logic cannot reach

2- Rational judgments repeat rational judgments

3- Illogical judgments lead to new experiences

4- Formal Art is essentially rational

5- Irrational thoughts should be followed absolutely and logically

6- If the artist changes his mind midway through the execution of the piece he compromises the result and repeats past results

7- The artists’ will is secondary to the process he initiates from idea to completion.  His willfulness may only be ego

8- When words such as painting and sculpture are used, they connote a whole tradition and imply a consequent acceptance of this tradition, thus placing limitations on the artist who would be reluctant to make art that goes beyond the limitations.

9- The concept and idea are different.  The former implies a general direction while the latter is the components.  Ideas implement the concept.

10- Ideas alone can be works of art; they are in a chain of development that may eventually find some form.  All ideas need not be made physical.


the list goes on


~ by mollysurno on September 11, 2011.

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