In “The Trouble with Writing” Charles Harrison describes the work of Art and Language with an avowed sense of suspicion for the literary:
Much of the work of Art &
Language is written. Some of
this writing has been hung on
walls or stuck on walls, some
painted on walls, or printed on
paintings, or stuck to paintings.
Some of it has been published
in books and catalogs and
journals. But none of it wears
the costume of literature. It is
I wonder if Frameworks (Art & Language, 1966–1967) with its famously “identified and defended” column of air is as unliterary as Harrison suggests? Much as I admire Harrison’s critical writing, I can’t help
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Goldsmith, Kenny / Craig Dworkin , Against Expression: An Anthology of Conceptual Writing. Evanston, IL: Northwestern University Press, 2011.
Harrison, Charles , “The Trouble with Writing,” in: Conceptual Art and Painting: Further Essays on Art & Language. Cambridge, ma, London: MIT Press, 2001, pp. 3–34.
Howe, Susan , “Sorting Facts; or, Nineteen Ways of Looking at Marker,” in: Charles Warren , ed., Beyond Document: Essays on Nonfiction Film. Hanover, ct: Wesleyan University Press, 1996, pp. 295–343.
Lippard, Lucy , “Foreword,” in: Mary Kelly , Post-Partum Document. Berkeley, ca: University of California Press, 1999 , pp. xi–xvi.
Olsen, Redell , ‘This One is For You’ and ‘Not, A Conceptual Poetics’ are quoted in this essay. ‘Not, A Conceptual Poetics’ was first published in I’ll Drown My Book: Conceptual Writing by Women. Los Angeles, ca: Les Figues Press, 2011.