THE DEMATERIALIZATION OF THE ART OBJECT (FOR KIDS) by Thomas Geiger
21 x 21cm, 8 pages, Black and white printed, Saddle stitch, Softcover, Ed. of 100, 2020
In her essay The Dematerialization of Art, Lucy Lippard presented evidence that art might be entering a phase of pure intellectualism, the result of which could be the complete disappearance of the traditional art object. The text grew out of the preceding decade of conceptual art, which often left behind only ephemeral, relics, or no relics at all other than perhaps recordings of experiences. Conceptual artists were devoted to making ideas the central focus of their work, and many argued convincingly that the objects artists make in order to express their ideas are nothing but waste products. Sure, but how to explain this to your kids? Thomas Geiger’s version brings Lippard’s thoughts into a poetic and yet easy to understand narration.