Art in theory: p846
"When an artist uses a conceptual form of art, it means that all of the planning and decisions are made beforehand and the execution is a perfunctory affair. The idea becomes a machine that makes the art."
Is this the definition of the most archetypal Conceptual Art? The movement itself as it dates from this period. How does this differ from what I feel is concept-led art on the continuum between concept-led and process-led art?
"This kind of art is not theoretical or illustrative of theories; it is intuitive, it is involved with all types of mental processes and is purposeless. ..."
Equally, there is a problem if the physicality of the materials or form is a distraction from the idea of the work. I guess this is obvious in a way but it is the corollary of the above statement and is a failing. Le Witt touches on this earlier when he discusses the size of a piece. Too big and the "size alone would be impressive and the idea may be lost entirely. .. too small, it may become inconsequential."
1. Artists ... leap to conclusions that logic cannot reach.
5. Irrational thoughts should be followed absolutely and logically.
25. The artist may not necessarily understand his own art. His perception is neither better nor worse than that of others.
Thoughts to reflect on for myself. Other sentences comment on what makes a work of art but also what leads an artist to make bad art...There area number of points that imply Le Witt's position on what he thinks contributes to a poor work of art.