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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Clemente pioneered a return to the figure in painting and works on paper, led an assault on conceptual art, and became a proponent of the movement known as neoexpressionism, or transavanguardia in his native Italy. John Zotos, Dallas News, "Dallas exhibition of art star Francesco Clemente was years in the making — and worth the wait," 1 Aug. 2019 The real estate magnate and art collector based in Portland, Ore., owns one of the largest known private collections of works on paper in the U.S., including 276 prints by a pioneer of conceptual art, John Baldessari. Deborah Vankin, Los Angeles Times, "John Baldessari’s biggest fan? The man behind the new Laguna Art Museum show," 30 July 2019 Coffee and cocktails at Halcyon, conceptual art at Blue Star Contemporary, vintage clothing at Divine Sunshine. Mike Sutter, ExpressNews.com, "52 Weeks of Burgers: Blue Star Brewing Co.," 5 July 2019 While the 20th century progressed, Wharton says, these artists started to work more conceptually, also artistic heirs to Duchamp, who is regarded as the father of conceptual art. Vince Guerrieri, Popular Mechanics, "The Secret Tech Problem at Modern Art Museums," 24 June 2019 The limbo feel of the 70s produced so much great art - movies, books, land art and conceptual art - that matters to me today. Eve Macsweeney, Vogue, "In Randy Kennedy’s Presidio, a Startling Road Trip Thriller Full of Twists and Turns," 17 Aug. 2018 Related Articles There is a hyper-meta quality to this documentary that will probably appeal to fans of navel-gazing conceptual art — or just devilishly pointed black humor. Michael O'sullivan, Twin Cities, "A conceptual artist pops a brilliant (but ghoulish) question in ‘The Proposal’," 20 June 2019 In the span of 132 glossy pages, Sansweet detailed the way Lucas realized his vision for Star Wars through conceptual art and models, which were then translated into toy form. Alexander Huls, Popular Mechanics, "The Great Star Wars Heist," 7 Mar. 2019 There’s more evidence today of fashion re-booting itself in a cross-pollination of conceptual art, immersive sensation, and online-real time shopping. Sarah Mower, Vogue, "Moncler and Craig Green Make a Sensational Drop in Montreal," 22 Aug. 2018

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1967, in the meaning defined above

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