We live in a society exquisitely dependent on science and technology, in which hardly anyone knows anything about science and technology.
~ Carl Sagan, American Astronomer, Writer, and Scientist
Those who know nothing of foreign languages know nothing of their own.
~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe – German Playwright, Poet, and Novelist
…people are almost universally unprepared to respond to the vanguard art of our present age. They are indeed unprepared, almost as if they belonged to an earlier century, to acknowledge it as art!”
~ Arthur C. Danto
Conceptual art was always dialectical, being made in response to both its institutional and its political context, attempting often to make these contexts evident and sometimes actually to change them.
~Tony Godfrey, Art Writer/Historian
In a society like ours that is accustomed to telecommunications and electronics that produce more and more positive services but also the passivity of the solitary user, community strategy has become a different way of living in the quantitative space of the city; it produces energy but also solitude, aggressivity [sic] and violence.
~Achille Bonito Oliva
Conceptual artists do not set out to make a painting or a sculpture and then fit their ideas to that existing form. Instead they think beyond the limits of those traditional media, and then work out their concept or idea in whatever materials and whatever form is appropriate. They were thus giving the concept priority over the traditional media. Hence Conceptual art.