Art & Language: Five Edited Extracts.

As the discursivity of the text increased, so the remaining sense of it as ‘readymade-by-description-or-ostension’ weakened still further. Similarly, as the text ceased to function as a form that usurped the place of painting on the gallery wall, in the manner of one of Kosuth’s ‘Definitions’, so the legacy of the containing frame also diminished. As both effects weakened, so did the power of those formal constraints on the length of the text that characterised the ‘definitive’ post-Minimal genres of Conceptual art as they were established in New York between 1967 and 1969.…

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