conceptual art

noun, often capitalized C

Definition of conceptual art

: an art form in which the artist's intent is to convey a concept rather than to create an art object

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conceptual artist noun, often capitalized C

Examples of conceptual art in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web His incorporation of words, visual puns, serial images and semantic games opened up whole new fields of conceptual art. Washington Post, 29 Sep. 2021 The Anime Creators’ Base is located inside the company’s new Tokyo office and will be staffed initially by two designers, Ishidate Namiko and Cisse Saina who will help steer creators with developing conceptual art. Patrick Frater, Variety, 9 Sep. 2021 Tastemakers are also pivoting away from abstraction or coy, conceptual art in favor of pieces that echo issues being raised in the realms of social justice and social media. Kelly Crow, WSJ, 6 July 2021 In between all the filming, Hodge will also be managing his conceptual art studio, titled 9b. Christian Allaire, Vogue, 21 June 2021 The magazine pieces and books reflect, often brilliantly, her curiosity about subjects ranging from literary biography to conceptual art, from Eileen Fisher to the Gossip Girl novels, from photography to psychoanalysis. Sarah Weinman, The New Republic, 18 June 2021 Today, the late artist is considered a major force of the West Coast conceptual art movement in the late 1960s. San Diego Union-Tribune, 7 June 2021 But in other areas, border-crossers can easily tiptoe around far-flung islands of wall, some of which look more like conceptual art pieces than imposing barriers to entry. New York Times, 16 Mar. 2021 But there has been lots of conceptual art throughout history., 12 May 2021

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First Known Use of conceptual art

1967, in the meaning defined above

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“Conceptual art.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Oct. 2021.

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