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The Big Nothing Ingrid Shaffner

The Big Nothing

Ingrid Shaffner

Published June 1st 2005
ISBN : 9780884541059
Paperback
87 pages
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Conceptions of nothing are one of the driving themes of twentieth-century art. One thinks of Piet Mondrians reductivist approach to abstraction, Marcel Duchamps contention that art resides in ideas, not objects, Mark Rothkos painterly reach forMoreConceptions of nothing are one of the driving themes of twentieth-century art. One thinks of Piet Mondrians reductivist approach to abstraction, Marcel Duchamps contention that art resides in ideas, not objects, Mark Rothkos painterly reach for the sublime, Andy Warhols affirmations of the vacuity of Pop culture. The Big Nothing will focus on themes of nothing, nothingness and negation in contemporary art and culture, surveying the legacy of these and other manifestations of absence made manifest in contemporary art. Artist include Gareth James, Jutta Koether, Louise Lawler, Richard Prince, Yves Klein, Bernadette Corporation, John Miller and James Welling, among others. Given its broad connotations, nothing provides general audiences with immediate access to looking at and thinking about the art of today. Part of a pan-Philadelphia cultural event initiated by the ICA, in which the city gives itself over to the art of nothing.