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This introduction presents an overview of the key concepts discussed in the subsequent chapters of this book. The book addresses the artists: Adrian Piper, Joseph Kosuth, David Hammons, Renée Green, Mary Kelly, Martha Rosler, Silvia Kolbowski, Daniel Joseph Martinez, Lorna Simpson, Andrea Fraser, Hans Haacke, and Charles Gaines, based on their practices in Conceptual Art. It overviews the 1960s-1970s shift from disciplinary-based Conceptual Art to an interdisciplinary conceptualism, crediting the influence of contemporaneous politics dominated by identity and issue-based politics. The book asks how Conceptual Art is political art, analysing several works by synthetic proposition artists in relation to the debates about the location of the political. It discusses how Kelly made visible the process of her infant child's "subjectivisation" between an economy of meaning and that of woman's reproductive labor. The book summarises the debates around identity, multiculturalism, representation, and power.

The synthetic proposition

Conceptualism and the political referent in contemporary art

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