Henry Flynt (North Carolina, US, 1940)
Henry Flynt is a philosopher, avant-garde musician, anti-art activist and exhibition artist often associated with Conceptual Art and Fluxus. Henry Flynt’s work devolves from what he calls cognitive nihilism, a concept he developed and first announced in the 1960 and 1961 drafts of a paper called Philosophy Proper. In 1961 Flynt coined the term Concept Art in the Neo-Dada, proto-Fluxus book An Anthology of Chance Operations (co-published by Jackson Mac Low and La Monte Young) that was released in 1963. An Anthology of Chance Operations contained seminal works by Fluxus artists such as George Brecht and Dick Higgins. Flynt’s Concept Art devolved from cognitive nihilism, from insights about the vulnerabilities of logic and mathematics. Henry Flynt is also known for his musical work, often with him performing on violin, that attempted to fuse avant-garde music with free-jazz, country blues, rock music and hillbilly country music.