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In chapter 1, an article from the journal Artforum (February 1974), the author offers an exposition of the Art & Language point of view. Art & Language was a loose grouping of conceptual artists based in Britain and New York. Previously an art critic, the author had recently joined the group. The author argues that Art & Language developed its perspectives by drawing on English analytic philosophy, studies of the logic of languages, and contemporary explanations of change in science (above all, those advanced by Thomas S. Kuhn). Smith shows that Art & Language uses key ideas from these fields to mount a critique of current art practice, and he discusses its theorization and institutionalization. As a practice, the work of the group is shown to inhabit the interstices between each of these fields and to be highly reflexive about its position and its protocols.

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