OUR COLUMNIST AVILA AND HIS NEW YEAR RESOLUTION:

‘OK… Here is my new year’s resolution: GET PHYSICAL…
(As long as we understand “Conceptualism + Significance”)

It results quite curious to me how during almost a century people haven’t been able to define accurately Conceptual Art…
Here are some examples…

-Sol LeWitt’s: In conceptual art the idea or concept is the most important aspect of the work. When an artist uses a conceptual form of art, it means that all of the planning and decisions are made beforehand and the execution is a perfunctory affair. The idea becomes a machine that makes the art. (WTF)

-Joseph Kosuth: All art (after Duchamp) is conceptual (in nature) because art only exists conceptually. (WTF)

-Young UK artists in the 1990s: conceptual art” came to denote all contemporary art that does not practice the traditional skills of paintings and sculpture. (WTF)

-Lawrence Weiner: Once you know about a work of mine you own it. There’s no way I can climb inside somebody’s head and remove it. (WTF)

So here is my turn… “Any art that has little or no significance for humans is called Conceptual Art”.

I would imagine that the funny thing about that definition would be to see the owners of artworks from Koons, Hirst, Warhol, Villa Rojas, Murillo, Kusama, etc. etc. trying to find some kind of substantial significance to their works, because the fact is that the ambivalence in the conceptual definition has created a vacuum which has been used for a long time as a value opportunity to place and to laundry money. Yes… “Value” equals “significance” and many con artists (and other people) have used the lack of it to mask their conceptual work into something significant due to the little fact that nobody in the past had the will or the intention to put a few words together in the right order. In another words… the entire enchilada depends on its definition. Or better said… if Marcel Duchamp made an impact with his 1917 Fountain which contained a good amount of significance at that Particular Time, that doesn’t necessarily mean that the rest of the fountains produced and presented on exhibitions afterwards are significant works of art… (Sorry guys… No; Santa doesn’t exist… And yes; in order to find the significance you have to think)’