"In & out of Amsterdam": Museum of Modern Art, New York
Meyer, James, Artforum International
GLOBALISM AND CONCEPTUALISM: It has become increasingly apparent that these two notions are indissolubly linked, but how? "In & Out of Amsterdam: Travels in Conceptual Art, 1960-1976" is only the most recent curatorial effort to examine this association, first proposed by the exhibition "Global Conceptualism: Points of Origin, 1950s-1980s," overseen by Jane Farver at New York's Queens Museum of Art in 1999. The Queens show tracked seemingly independent eruptions of a Conceptual tendency in discrete locales across the globe, contesting the Western orientation of previous surveys. Galleries were devoted to Latin-American Conceptualism, Eastern European Conceptualism, Japanese Conceptualism, and so on. The recent exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art in New York proposed a very different schema, conceiving of "Conceptualism" as a transnational tendency, a network. During the 1960s and '70s, it suggested, the art centers of North America and Western Europe were linked as never before. A democratization of air travel during this period, fostered by the jet engine, nurtured a new kind of practice. Artists abandoned the bohemian pleasures of the studio, shaping their activities in response to the new conditions of mobility. "The artists always traveled around with a bag that held everything," recalled Adriaan van Ravesteijn, one of the founders of the Amsterdam gallery Art & Project, whose recent donation to MOMA (with his life partner, Geert van Beijeren) of the gallery's extraordinary archive instigated the show. As Christophe Cherix, …
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Publication information: Article title: "In & out of Amsterdam": Museum of Modern Art, New York. Contributors: Meyer, James - Author. Magazine title: Artforum International. Volume: 48. Issue: 6 Publication date: February 2010. Page number: 190+. © 1999 Artforum International Magazine, Inc. COPYRIGHT 2010 Gale Group.
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