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

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Recent Examples on the Web LeWitt is one of the founders of minimalism and conceptual art, and MoCA is hosting a vast survey of his wall drawings, wall after wall of funky form and color juxtapositions. Brian T. Allen, National Review, "Mass MoCA, the World’s Biggest Contemporary Art Museum, Looks Fantastic," 23 Sep. 2020 Lots has happened since Rodin’s day, from cubism to Dada, abstract expressionism, and conceptual art to our time, when there’s something of an Old Master revival augmented by huge changes in the technology of art. Brian T. Allen, National Review, "Timely Reminder in Dallas: Great Art Is Thrilling to Look At," 29 Aug. 2020 In the fifties, the United States already had a pocket of conceptual art, but the star painters were the Abstract Expressionists, above all Jackson Pollock and Willem de Kooning, with their effortful drips and impastos. Joan Acocella, The New Yorker, "Untangling Andy Warhol," 1 June 2020 In a sense, Fujimoto’s is the conceptual art of contemporary architecture, born out of a relentless desire to interrogate, in building after building, variations on the same set of ideas. Nikil Saval, New York Times, "The Architect Making Conceptual Art Out of Buildings," 2 Mar. 2020 Murray was one; the other was Joseph Kosuth, who was not only one of the pioneers of conceptual art but also its strictest and most demanding inquisitor. Barry Schwabsky, The New York Review of Books, "Playful & Philosophical: The Paintings of Moira Dryer," 25 Apr. 2020 Van-Huy is best known as the namesake of Bernadette Corporation, a group that flourished in the ‘90s and brilliantly brought together the strands of fashion, deeply conceptual art, and club culture. Sophie Kemp, Vogue, "In Between the Margins: Bernadette Van-Huy’s Filler Stuff," 27 Sep. 2019 The enigmatic fusions of Pop and conceptual art, centered on texts, produced by Mr. Ruscha in California in the 1960s, are now considered ahead of their time. Scott Reyburn, New York Times, "Fall Art Auctions See Significant Declines," 13 Nov. 2019 While so much early conceptual art tended toward the cold and cerebral, Mr. Baldessari’s was infused with a droll sense of humor. Jori Finkel,, "John Baldessari, who gave conceptual art a dose of humor, at 88," 6 Jan. 2020

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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 28 Oct. 2020.

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