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Visual acuity is not what it seems : on Ian Burn's 'Late' reflections

McNamara, Andrew E. (2010) Visual acuity is not what it seems : on Ian Burn's 'Late' reflections. In Stephen, Ann (Ed.) Mirror Mirror : Then and Now. Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane, QLD, pp. 24-32.

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    Abstract

    A whole tradition is said to be based on the hierarchical distinction between the perceptual and conceptual. In art, Niklas Luhmann argues, this schism is played out and repeated in conceptual art. This paper complicates this depiction by examining Ian Burn's last writings in which I argue the artist-writer reviews the challenge of minimal-conceptual art in terms of its perceptual pre-occupations. Burn revisits his own work and the legacy of minimal-conceptual by moving away from the kind of ideology critique he is best known for internationally in order to reassert the long overlooked visual-perceptual preoccupations of the conceptual in art.

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    ID Code: 50166
    Item Type: Book Chapter
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    Keywords: Minimalism, Conceptual Art, contemporary art, perception
    ISBN: 9781875792672
    Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING (190000) > ART THEORY AND CRITICISM (190100)
    Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING (190000) > VISUAL ARTS AND CRAFTS (190500)
    Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
    Current > Schools > School of Media, Entertainment & Creative Arts
    Deposited On: 09 May 2012 10:02
    Last Modified: 25 Jun 2012 10:44

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