Art & Language International: Conceptual Art between Art Worlds
This chapter opens the examination of Art & Language’s internationality to include work done in Australia and New Zealand. It provides a critical reading of little-known theoretical writings in which provincialism comes to the fore as a key concept for Art & Language’s Australian participants. The approach taken to these texts stresses how they stand behind and necessitate a series of exhibitions Art & Language staged in Sydney, Melbourne, and Adelaide during 1975. In historicizing these exhibitions, the chapter contends that Art & Language inverts the priorities of the traditional art exhibition such that secondary concerns like gallery talks and artist lectures take priority over the art on view. The chapter concludes with a coda in which Art & Language’s work in Australia and New Zealand figures as a regional version of a pervasive global condition of inequitable relations of cultural power.