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Title: Feed your head : conceptual art and the American counterculture
Author: Doniak, Katherine M.
ISNI:       0000 0004 7971 3635
Awarding Body: University of Nottingham
Current Institution: University of Nottingham
Date of Award: 2019
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This thesis provides a historically contextual account of American conceptual art of the Sixties, examining it in relation to the concurrent counterculture. It challenges the notion that conceptual art was entirely autonomous and self-referential by identifying an interconnection between its origins and concerns and those of this era-defining socio-cultural phenomenon. It synthesizes histories and theories of conceptual art with those of the counterculture, with particular focus on Californian conceptual practices. This includes the work of Tom Marioni and the activities of his Museum of Conceptual Art (MOCA) in San Francisco, John Baldessari, Terry Fox, Allen Ruppersberg and Barbara T. Smith. Whilst acknowledging regionally distinct aspects of West Coast conceptualism, it dismantles its artificially imposed separation from 'orthodox' East Coast practices, positing an expanded definition of conceptual art's terms based on the intrinsic utopian impulses it shared with the activities of the counterculture.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: N Visual arts (General)