|Chapter title||Expanding Photography circa 1970: Photographic Objects and Conceptual Art|
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 title||The Photographic Object 1970|
|Publisher||University of California Press|
|Published||11 Mar 2016|