One and Five Ideas

On Conceptual Art and Conceptualism

Book Pages: 168 Illustrations: 50 illustrations, incl. 8 in c Published: January 2017

Author: Terry Smith

Editor: Robert Bailey

Art and Visual Culture > Art Criticism and Theory

In One and Five Ideas eminent critic, historian, and former member of the Art & Language collective Terry Smith explores the artistic, philosophical, political, and geographical dimensions of Conceptual Art and conceptualism. These four essays and a conversation with Mary Kelly—published between 1974 and 2012—contain Smith's most essential work on Conceptual Art and his argument that conceptualism was key to the historical transition from modern to contemporary art. Nothing less than a distinctive theory of Conceptual and contemporary art, One and Five Ideas showcases the critical voice of one of the major art theorists of our time.


"Terry Smith writes about the history of Conceptual Art as its participant and observer—and his book produces a stereoscopic image of the movement that is fascinating and persuasive. According to Smith, Conceptual Art has transformed itself into the global conceptualism that is still contemporary. This book should be read by everybody who has become tired of the simplistic opposition between global and local and looks for the ways to overcome it." — Boris Groys, author of In the Flow

"Scholars, critics, artists, and students concerned with the legacy of conceptual art in the present—particularly those focused on its development as a kind of global lingua franca for contemporary art—will welcome the publication of this tremendous book." — Blake Stimson, author of Citizen Warhol


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Terry Smith is Andrew W. Mellon Professor of Contemporary Art History and Theory at the University of Pittsburgh and Professor in the Division of Philosophy, Art, and Critical Thought at the European Graduate School. He is the author of several books, including Making the Modern: Industry, Art, and Design in America and What Is Contemporary Art? 
Robert Bailey is Assistant Professor of Art History at the University of Oklahoma and the author of Art & Language International: Conceptual Art between Art Worlds, also published by Duke University Press.

Table of Contents Back to Top
List of Illustrations  ix
Acknowledgments  xiii
Introduction: A Theory of Conceptualism / Robert Bailey  1
1. Art and Art and Language  37
2. The Tasks of Translation: Art & Language in Australia and New Zealand, 1975-76  57
3. A Conversation about Conceptual Art, Subjectivity, and the Post-Partum Document  85
4. Peripheries in Motion: Conceptualism and Conceptual Art in Australia and New Zealand  99
5. One and Three Ideas: Conceptualism Before, During, and After Conceptual Art  127
Index  145
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Paper ISBN: 978-0-8223-6131-2 / Cloth ISBN: 978-0-8223-6112-1
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