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Chris Smith
What Work Does the Artwork Do? A Question for Art

Journal article

Journal of Visual Arts Practice
vol. 6(1)
May 2007
ISSN: 14702029
DOI: 10.1386/jvap.6.1.3/2 2007

pp. 5-7
co-author: Linden Reilly


This article acts as an introduction to the other articles in the special edition of the Journal of Visual Arts Practice 6.1 devoted to the question: What work does the artwork do? It explores the advantages of this question over the definitional "What is art?" question as a vehicle for debating the roles and purposes of artworks - the work artworks do - for arts practitioners in particular.

Given the care needed in the forming of questions (since the work questions do is conditioned by such as implicit/explicit epistemological considerations), it raises as an issue to be considered and attended to, the matter of the work questions do and, the questions that could usefully be posed and debated in relation to art practices.

The special edition of JVAP comes from a number of events constituted of related Exhibition and Symposia in 2003 and 2005 that Reilly and Smith curated and organised around the question, What Work Does the Artwork Do?

read the full article:

What Work Does the Artwork Do? A Question for Art


related outcomes:
Chris Smith: Now They Are Surrounded
Chris Smith: Now They Are Surrounded: Reconfigured
Linden Reilly: What Work Does the Artwork do?
Linden Reilly: What Work Does the Artwork do? A Question for Art

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