Michael Corris on Conceptual Art and After


Friday, 4 October 2013
18.00, Research Forum South Room, The Courtauld Institute of Art, Somerset House, Strand, London WC2R 0RN


Speaker(s): Michael Corris
Ticket/entry details: Open to all, free admission
Organised by: Professor Sarah Wilson (The Courtauld Institute of Art)


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In the context of recent ‘conceptual’ histories Corris writes:
‘As an artist and writer whose practice emerged from Conceptual Art, I find this to be a problematic heritage. Contemporary devaluations of the term “conceptual” — whether as a qualification applied to contemporary art or as a rubric for some practices of the 1960s and 1970s — prompt me to maintain a critical distance from that category. From the standpoint of my work, a sceptical attitude towards Conceptual Art and its various offsprings has proven to be neither uncomfortable nor unfruitful. While I acknowledge my origins as an artist in Conceptual Art as enabling, I am not about to swallow whole representations of that past by others’.



From 1972- 76 Michael Corris was a member of the conceptual art group Art & Language, working in New York with Joseph Kosuth, Mel Ramsden, Ian Burn, Sarah Charlesworth, Terry Smith and Kathy Bigelow. He has exhibited in galleries and museums internationally and is represented in public and private collections in North America and Europe. His writings on art and art theory have been published widely: in artist-run publications (Art-Language, The Fox, and Red-Herring), scholarly journals (Word & Image, Art Journal, and Art History) and the international art press (Artforum, Art+Text, and Art Monthly). Following his PhD at University College London in 1996, his monograph Ad Reinhardt (2008) is the definitive study; see also David Dao, 2005; and the co-authored Non-Relational Aesthetics, (2008), and Art, Word and Image: 2,000 Years of Visual/Textual Interaction (2010). Currently, Corris is the editor for a new series of monographs on art since the 1980s with Reaktion Books. He is reviews editor for the College Art Association’s Art Journal. His selected writings on art will appear in spring 2014 with Les Presses du Réel, Dijon.


Michael Corris taught an MA at The Courtauld Institute of Art from 1999-2000.



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