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Art in the Seventies by Edward Lucie-Smith

By Edward Lucie-Smith

A critic and historian of paintings who's deeply immersed within the works and traits of the seventies the following presents the 1st basic survey of the last decade. In a quantity alive with visible pictures which are usually fabulous and occasionally demanding, he analyzes the advance either one of previous varieties and of recent ones, and gives a coherent framework for the final reader.

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Piazza della - •f^ if Sft*. **. it^J2Aruiin\cU iCUtAitn*, Trompe-l'oeil works almost as well in two dimensions it does in three. When the Englishman Mark Boyle as makes an exact replica of a given area from a site chosen at random - perhaps by means of throwing darts at a map - he produces a kind of coloured relief which is more like a picture than a sculpture. In fact, once it has been placed on the wall of an art gallery most spectators will construe it as a deliberately composed painting, perhaps with collage elements.

To force the casual passer-by to 'put into question his relationship with reconsider his own Though the urban enviroment and ordinary daily reality'. Staccioli avoids visual trickery to Mauro when Staccioli: Sculpture in an urban space. 1973. Cement, 220 x 220 240 cm (87 x 87 x 94, Steccata, Parma (Photo: Enrico Cattaneo) steel. in). Piazza della - •f^ if Sft*. **. it^J2Aruiin\cU iCUtAitn*, Trompe-l'oeil works almost as well in two dimensions it does in three. When the Englishman Mark Boyle as makes an exact replica of a given area from a site chosen at random - perhaps by means of throwing darts at a map - he produces a kind of coloured relief which is more like a picture than a sculpture.

1974. Ink on graph paper. -»«*•« ^^ The boundaries of Conceptual Art - where it approaches more traditional kinds of aesthetic ordering, and the point where even the idea of art vanishes into thin air— can be demonstrated with the help of two more examples chosen from the art activity of the 70s. A series of drawings made by the American Agnes Denes shows how an arbitrary system applied to an equally arbitrary theme can produce results of extraordinary visual elegance. The drawing shown here - a map of the world which takes the shape of a snail shell — is inscribed as follows: Study of Distortion series Isometric Systems in Isotropic Space - Map projections defined/undefined boundaries and space relations - mathematical form projected over fluid space.

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