Matthew Higgs
Rethinking conceptual art

Matthew Higgs

Matthew Higgs, curator of General Ideas: Rethinking Conceptual Art and director of the White Columns gallery in NY, says that the Conceptual Art movement of the 60s and 70s was a response to the political climate of the world at that time, an attempt to break barriers that were rapidly forming and a desire to observe the issues we as humans grapple with everyday. General Ideas refers to the mundane, the everyday, and the exhibition looks to examine that everyday and see the connections between the artists and ourselves. In fact, with the right intention, anything could be considered art and some may argue that the lines of art and object have become all too blurred. Ultimately the show itself, and conceptual art as a whole, attempts to remind us that art is not a separate part of our life, but that is in fact life. The works in General Ideas span from 1987-2005 and Higgs walked us through this exhibition, explaining each piece.