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Book launch: Unconcealed

Round table
08 05 2009 00:00 01:00

Unconcealed: The International Network of Conceptual Artists 196777. Dealers, Exhibitions and Public Collections

By Sophie Richard ( 2007)
Edited and with an introduction by Lynda Morris

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Talks:
- Unconcealed introduced by Lynda Morris
- Jacques Charlier on his Vernissage des Expositions 197475 photographs
- Anton Herbert and Herman Daled discuss Unconcealedas a representation of the decade they began collecting Conceptual art

Unconcealed describes the emergence of Conceptual art in Europe through the growth of an international network of artists, dealers, museum curators, collectors and critics. The publication is a detailed account of the decade 196777. The relationships, support structures and strategies of dealer galleries such as Konrad Fischer, Wide White Space and Lisson Gallery to promote artists such as Marcel Broodthaers, Richard Long and Lawrence Weiner, are revealed. The central section of the book brings to life many of the important figures of the art world of this period with a selection of Jacques Charliers Vernissage des Expositions photographs from 1974-75 that were first shown at the Palais des Beaux-Arts, Brussels in 1975.

Previously unpublished data recording the exhibitions and sales of Conceptual artworks to galleries, public institutions and private collections is a major feature of the book. For example, Richard has gathered data from the archives of leading European museums, charting purchases of international artists from dealers to museums, highlighting the power of these relationships. Some of the databases reveal a correlation between temporary exhibitions and museum purchases, suggesting that we need to consider the role of dealercurators as prime protagonists of this period. Richards also conducted interviews with dealers, curators, artists and collectors of the period which further highlights the importance of the relationships brought to light in Unconcealed.

Publication details:
Unconcealed is published by Ridinghouse, 2009
In association with Norwich University College of the Arts

ISBN 9781905464173
£25.00
Softback · 512 pages
32 black and white illustrations

With the support of the Fond culturel national (Focuna) and the collaboration of Casino Luxembourg, Mudamand Aica Luxembourg

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