Expanding Photography circa 1970: Photographic Objects and Conceptual Art

Soutter, L. 2016. Expanding Photography circa 1970: Photographic Objects and Conceptual Art. in: Statzer, Mary (ed.) The Photographic Object 1970 University of California Press. pp. 70-78

Chapter titleExpanding Photography circa 1970: Photographic Objects and Conceptual Art
AuthorsSoutter, L.
EditorsStatzer, Mary
Abstract

This essay explores the relationship of the work in the Museum of Modern Art's 1970 exhibition, Photography into Sculpture, to the contemporaneous activities of conceptual artists using photography--works very rarely discussed in relation to one another. It outlines their shared rejection of the values of modernist fine art photography and explores the different ways that they interrogated traditional notions of medium in their uses of photographs. It reveals the extent to which Photography into Sculpture expanded the notion of photography as art from within an institutional art photography context, while the conceptual artists employed a short-term strategy of treating photography as one non-art medium among several to challenge fine art aesthetics. In order to underline the paradoxes inherent in the ways photography was discussed and institutionalized at the time, the essay's examples of conceptual art using photography are drawn from the Information exhibition curated by Kynaston McShine at The Museum of Modern Art in the same summer as Peter Bunnell’s Photography into Sculpture.

Book titleThe Photographic Object 1970
Page range70-78
Year2016
PublisherUniversity of California Press
Publication dates
Published11 Mar 2016
ISBN9780520281479

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