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Global Conceptualism: Points of Origin, 1950s-1980s, featuring more than 200 works by over 130 international artists, offers snapshots of the diverse iterations of conceptual, or idea-based, art over the course of several generations.

The exhibition examines the contemporaneous burgeoning of art that draws its meaning primarily from its content rather than from its form, or appearance, across the world beginning in the 1950s. Grouped into regional sections the exhibition is organized in two chronological sections: the 1950s through around 1973 (Japan, Western Europe, Eastern Europe, Latin America, North America, Australia and New Zealand); and 1973 through the end of the 1980s (the Soviet Union [Russia], Africa, South Korea, and Mainland China, Taiwan, and Hong Kong). These periods correspond to two waves of conceptualist activities that took place in various parts of the world as post-war social and political upheaval prompted among artists a re-examination of traditional forms of representation and a renewal of questions regarding art's social utility. Much of the art in the exhibition, which takes the form of photographs, documentation, films, videos, postcards, posters, drawings, as well as paintings, mixed media objects, and installations, was made to provoke the viewer by disturbing previously accepted ideas about social, political, and cultural systems.

Global Conceptualism; Points of Origin, 1950s-1980s was organized by the Queens Museum of Art, Flushing Meadows/Corona Park, New York, by a curatorial team consisting of former QMA director of exhibitions Jane Farver, now director of the MIT List Visual Arts Center; artist, critic, and curator Luis Camnitzer; and Rachel Weiss, an independent curator and professor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. The three primary organizers were joined by a corps of eleven international curators who provided intelligence on each of the regions examined. They include: László Beke (Eastern Europe), Chiba Shigeo and Reiko Tomii (Japan), Okwui Enwezor (Africa), Gao Minglu (China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan), Claude Gintz (Western Europe), Mari Carmen Ramírez (Latin America), Terry Smith (Australia and New Zealand), Sung Wan-Kyung (South Korea), Margarita Tupitsyn (Russia), and Peter Wollen (North America).


AFRICA Willem Boshoff (South Africa) Kendell Geers (South Africa) Rachid Koraichi (Algeria) Malcolm Payne (South Africa)

AUSTRALIA and NEW ZEALAND Barrie Bates a.k.a. Billy Apple (New Zealand) Art & Language, including Ian Burn, Michael Corris, Preston Heller, Andrew Menard, Mel Ramsden, and Terry Smith with the Red Crayola (New York) Gordon Bennett (Australia) Ian Burn, Mel Ramsden (Australia) Philip Dadson (New Zealand) Mike Parr and Peter Kennedy (Australia)

CHINA/ HONG KONG/ TAIWAN Chang Chaotang (Taiwan) Geng Jianyi (Mainland China) Wenda Gu (Mainland China) Huang Yong Ping (Mainland China) Huang Huacheng (Taiwan) Wei Guangqing (Mainland China) Wu Shan Zhuan (Mainland China) Xu Bing (Mainland China) Zhang Peili (Mainland China) Song Yong Ping Xiao Lu and Tang Song (Mainland China) Danny Ning Tsun Yung (Hong Kong)

EASTERN EUROPE Marina Abramovic (Yugoslavia) Peter Bartos (Slovak Republic) Miklós Erdély (Hungary) Stano Filko, Alex Mlynarcik, and Zita Kostrová (Slovakia) Gorgona Group (Croatia) Tibor Hajas (Hungary) Jozef Jankovic (Slovak Republic) Tadeusz Kantor (Poland) Július Koller (Slovak Republic) Ana Lupas (Romania) János Major (Hungary) OHO group (Yugoslavia/Slovenia) Gyula Pauer (Hungary) Robert Rehfeldt (Ex German Democratic Republic) Józef Robakowski (Poland) Petr Stembera (Czech Republic) Tamas Szentjóby (Hungary) Endre Tót (Hungary) Goran Trbuljak (Croatia)

LATIN AMERICA Artur Barrio (Brazil) Oscar Bony (Argentina) Waltércio Caldas (Brazil) Antonio Caro (Colombia) Ricardo Carreira (Argentina) Lygia Clark (Brazil) Eduardo Costa (Argentina) Antonio Dias (Brazil) León Ferrari (Argentina) Alberto Greco (Argentina) V’ctor Grippo (Argentina) Roberto Jacoby (Argentina) Raúl Escari (Argentina) David Lamelas (Argentina) Antonio Manuel (Brazil) Graciela Carnevale, Mariana Marchesi, and Belen Gache (Argentina) Cildo Meireles (Brazil) Hélio Oiticica (Brazil) Claudio Perna (Venezuela) Liliana Porter (Argentina)

NORTH AMERICA Eleanor Antin (USA) Shusaku Arakawa and Madeline Gins (USA) John Baldessari (USA) Carol Conde and Karl Beveridge (USA) Hollis Frampton (USA) Harry Gamboa, Jr. (USA) Hans Haacke (USA) Douglas Huebler (USA) Robert Huot (USA) Mary Kelly (UK/USA) Christine Kozlov (USA) Sol LeWitt (USA) Lucy Lippard (USA) Yoko Ono and John Lennon (Japan/USA) Adrian Piper (USA)

JAPAN Akasegawa Genpei Bikyoto (Bijutsuka Kyoto Kaigi=Artists Joint-Struggle Council)

Hikosaka Naoyoshi Hori Kosai Kashihara Etsutomu Matsuzawa Yutaka Nomura Hitoshi On Kawara (Japan/USA) Yasunao Tone Hi Red Center

SOUTH KOREA Choi Byung-soo Kim Yong-tae Kim Yong-min Kim Bong-joon Park Bul-dong Sung Neung-kyung Kim Dong-won Labor Newsreel (Labor News Production)

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Global Conceptualism: Points of Origin, 1950s-1980s

mit Marina Abramovic, Eleanor Antin, Shusaku Arakawa, Art & Language, Ian Burn, Michael Corris, Preston Heller, Andrew Menard, Mel Ramsden, Terry Smith, John Baldessari, Artur Barrio, Peter Bartos, Gordon Bennett, Karl Beveridge, Kim Bong-joon, Oscar Bony, Willem Boshoff, Park Bul-dong, Choi Byung-soo, Waltercio Caldas, Graciela Carnevale (Tucuman Arde), Antonio Caro, Ricardo Carreira, Chang Chaotang, Lygia Clark, Carol Conde, Eduardo Costa, Philip Dadson, Antonio Dias, Kim Dong-won, Miklos Erdely, Raul Escari, Kashihara Etsutomu, Leon Ferrari, Stano Filko, Hollis Frampton, Belen Gache, Harry Gamboa Jr., Kendell Geers, Madeline Gins, Alberto Greco, Victor Grippo, Wenda Gu, Wei Guangqing, Hans Haacke, Tibor Hajas, Hi Red Center, Nomura Hitoshi, Huang Huacheng, Douglas Huebler, Robert Huot, Roberto Jacoby, Jozef Jankovic, Geng Jianyi, Tadeusz Kantor, On Kawara, Mary Kelly, Peter Kennedy, Julius Koller, Rachid Koraichi, Hori Kosai, Zita Kostrova, Christine Kozlov, Labor Newsreel, David Lamelas, Sol Le Witt, Lucy Lippard, Ana Lupas, Janos Major, Antonio Manuel, Mariana Marchesi, Cildo Meireles, Alex Mlynarcik, Hikosaka Naoyoshi, Sung Neung-kyung, OHO , Hélio Oiticica, Yoko Ono & John Lennon, Mike Parr, Gyula Pauer, Malcolm Payne, Zhang Peili, Claudio Perna, Huang Yong Ping, Adrian Piper, Liliana Porter, Mel Ramsden, Robert Rehfeldt, Jozef Robakowski, Wu Shanzhuan, Tang Song, Petr Stembera, Tamas Szentjoby, Yasunao Tone, Endre Tót, Goran Trbuljak, Xu Bing, Kim Yong-min, Kim Yong-tae, Matsuzawa Yutaka ...