Who’s Afraid of Conceptual Art?

“If you thought conceptual art was crap, here’s your proof,” said Fox, entertainingly. “I suspect Manzoni is making fun of us… part of me feels a bit of an idiot for coming all this way to see what is, essentially, a s–t on a plinth.”

Ten minutes into the appealingly titled Who’s Afraid of Conceptual Art? (BBC Four), nice-guy art historian Dr James Fox found himself gazing at a 1961 work by Italian artist Piero Manzoni. A small sealed tin containing 30 gms of the artist’s own excrement, which sold at Christie’s last year for £182,500.

“If you thought conceptual art was crap, here’s your proof,” said Fox, entertainingly. “I suspect Manzoni is making fun of us… part of me feels a bit of an idiot for coming all this way to see what is, essentially, a s–t on a plinth.”

Fox had even bought a perplexing artwork for himself: a crumpled up ball of paper in a cardboard box by Turner Prize winner Martin Creed. And he remained unconvinced of its merit after an interview with the suitably amused Creed, who confessed that he didn’t consider it to be art either but simply something he had enjoyed making.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/tv/2016/09/19/whos-afraid-of-conceptual-art-an-entertaining-and-thought-provok/

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