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Reading Wittgenstein: Robert Morris's Art-as-Philosophy


Reading Wittgenstein: Robert Morris's Art-as-Philosophy



Influenced by Ludwig Wittgenstein, internationally acclaimed artist Robert Morris treats art as a language-game whereby the art world functions as a form of life with unique rules governing the play of the art game. This book examines Morris's oeuvre as a case study to assess the utility of Wittgenstein's theories for art historical research. Wittgenstein was widely read by many of the seminal Conceptual Artists. To clarify his concept of the language-game, Wittgenstein relied upon an ocularcentric discourse regarding his theories of seeing; noticing an aspect; continuous seeing; and aspect of blindness. Morris's exploration of these topics reveals limitations and contradictions inherent within art historical discourse, especially as it relates to the formalist theories of Modern Art promoted by Clement Greenberg and Michael Fried. This book will be of particular interest to scholars and students studying contemporary art in general and those focusing on the overlap between philosophy and the visual arts in particular.



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Saarbrücken, Ger.


Contemporary Art | Theory and Criticism


Description and cover image courtesy of MoreBooks! Publishing.

Subject Areas

Morris, Robert, 1931- -- Criticism and interpretation; Wittgenstein, Ludwig, 1889-1951 -- Criticism and interpretation; Minimal art

Author/Editor Bio

Brian Winkenweder is Associate Professor of Art History and Visual Culture at Linfield College. He holds a Ph.D. in Art History and Criticism from Stony Brook University, an M.A. in Art History from the University of New Mexico, an M.A. in English from the University of New Mexico, and a B.A. in Comparative Literature and Art History from the University of Washington.

Reading Wittgenstein: Robert Morris's Art-as-Philosophy