Monday, 28 March 2016

Seth Siegelaub: Beyond Conceptual Art

Seth Siegelaub: Beyond Conceptual Art is an incredibly dense, beautifully designed (by Irma Boom) and intelectually deligthful book, dedicated to the curator, writer and dealer Seth Siegelaub (1941–2013), best known for his decisive role in the emergence and establishment of conceptual art in the late 1960s.  Siegelaub was also a gallerist, independent curator, publisher, researcher, archivist, collector, and bibliographer. Often credited as the ‘Father of Conceptual Art’, he was (and remains) a seminal influence on curators, artists, and cultural thinkers, internationally and in Amsterdam, where he settled in the 1990s. The book explores the various facets of and connections in Siegelaub’s work, from his groundbreaking projects with conceptual artists and his research and publications on mass media and communications theories to his interest in handwoven textiles and non-Western fabrics.