Art & Language International: Conceptual Art between Art Worlds
A Research Program
This chapter picks up the theme of sociality and explores how this fractious issue stands behind a rift between Art & Language’s English and American sections after their participation in the major exhibition Documenta 5. By attending to indexing projects developed in New York through reference to the work of philosopher of science Imre Lakatos, the chapter provides a counternarrative to the usual England-dominated narrative about Art & Language’s interest in indexing. The artist’s book Blurting in a&l is the best-articulated example of this direction and is the focal point of the chapter. Through close analysis of this work and...