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Materialism to (Speculative) Realism: The Objects of Conceptual and Post-Conceptual Art

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dc.contributor.advisor Boetzkes, Amanda Salazar, Constanza 2015-09-08T14:38:44Z 2016-07-30T05:00:59Z 2015-07 2015-07-30 2015-09-08
dc.description.abstract This thesis is an investigation which overturns the misconceptions of Conceptual art and its legacies in order to illuminate the movement’s contributions to subsequent art-making and aesthetics. While initially conceived to promote the “dematerialization of art,” Conceptual art instead expanded the rigid definition of art from Greenberg’s modernist aesthetics and explored new avenues of art-making. This thesis reconsiders the medium of language within the work of Conceptual artist Lawrence Weiner and the Post-Conceptual artists Judy Natal and Jung Lee as it overcomes the characteristics of dematerialization. Instead, within the theoretical model of Speculative Realism, art-objects and language can be further understood as ontological and autonomous entities that withdraw from human-access and which only relate to other objects vicariously. Art is thus able to overcome the assumption of a passive, human-dependent object and instead challenges our perception of objects and the interpretations and analyses we derive from their surface qualities. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher University of Guelph en_US
dc.rights Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.5 Canada *
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dc.subject Conceptual Art en_US
dc.subject Speculative Realism en_US
dc.subject Post-Conceptual Art en_US
dc.subject Dematerialization en_US
dc.subject Art Theory en_US
dc.subject Aesthetics en_US
dc.subject Speculative Aesthetics en_US
dc.subject Graham Harman en_US
dc.subject Modern Art en_US
dc.subject Clement Greenberg en_US
dc.subject Phenomenology en_US
dc.subject Land Art en_US
dc.subject Korean Art en_US
dc.subject Neon en_US
dc.subject installation art en_US
dc.subject Jane Bennett en_US
dc.subject Timothy Morton en_US
dc.subject speculative sublime en_US
dc.subject sublime en_US
dc.subject simulacra en_US
dc.title Materialism to (Speculative) Realism: The Objects of Conceptual and Post-Conceptual Art en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US Art History and Visual Culture en_US Master of Arts en_US School of Fine Art and Music en_US University of Guelph en_US

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