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PRINT November 1988

THE WORLD ACCORDING TO DOUGLAS HUEBLER

In its very style, the exposition of dialectical theory is a scandal and an abomination in terms of the rules and the corresponding tastes of the dominant language, because when it uses existing concrete concepts it is simultaneously aware of their rediscovered fluidity, their necessary destruction.

Guy Debord1

CONCEPTUAL ART IN THE 1980s has fallen victim to its own historicized dogma. Drawing upon various poststructural literary and psychoanalytic theories, most dating back to the late 1950s and early ’60s, conceptualism has ceased to question established ideological and academic values, preferring instead to either illustrate or reify them, or to authority as endorsing footnotes. History thus serves to reinforce discourse, instead of discourse dismantling history. Douglas Huebler’s conceptual project of the past 20 years has attempted to avoid such historicist tautology by deliberately

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