The synthetic proposition
Conceptualism as political art
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This chapter takes a comparative look at several models of interdisciplinary conceptualist practices that responded critically to Conceptual Art's original claims. Conceptual Art's transformation into a broad interdisciplinary conceptualism was also manifested in the turn from the analytic to the synthetic. In Mary Kelly's case, as with other synthetic proposition artists, specific and material objects and signs were overlaid so as to bring in multiple types of signifying modes and tropes. Like several of her synthetic proposition contemporaries, Adrian Piper isolated components of the work of art believed until then to be inseparable. Martha Rosler, a "post-conceptual" artist, has been working within traditions and approaches to political art that were considered methodologically contradictory, made common by her insistence on specific and explicit subject matter, and a commitment to a Leftist critique of culture.

The synthetic proposition

Conceptualism and the political referent in contemporary art


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