Conceptual Poetry and Inspiration

What I like about conceptual art is that it reduces the direct concerns to the aha moment, the inspiration, the concept, the design of the project, the framing of the process and the execution, finish, technical aspects. What troubles me about conceptual art is that at its best, the final work and its concept are as fine and inseparable as in any other best work. At its worst, I argue a "real" work is not even produced -- the concept fails to come to finish. One wonders why the artist thought the aha moment was really an inspiration, or what else might have motivated it.

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