Fifty years after the appearance of Lucy Lippard and John Chandler’s famous article ‘The Dematerialization of Art’, which tried to evaluate the changes that were taking place in art in the 1960s – changes that were described by the authors as the gradual disappearance of the material basis of works of art, thus leading to ultra-conceptualism – we put forth this volume of studies which make critical reference to the concept of dematerialisation. This book is the result of a conference that was held at the Cracow Conference Centre at Tomaszowice Manor from 14 to 16 May 2017. Co-organised by the Institute of Art History at the Jagiellonian University and the Jan Matejko Academy of Fine Arts in Cracow, the conference was titled DeMATERIALISATIONS in Art and Art-Historical Discourse in the Twentieth Century.
(From the introduction)
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