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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Enter, The Netflix & Chill Room, a collaboration between Art 404, a conceptual art company, and digital artist Tom Galle, that brings the internet's favorite activity to life. Bridget Mallon, ELLE Decor, "There's An Actual "Netflix And Chill" Room On Airbnb," 28 Jan. 2016 Out went plans to show highly conceptual art inspired by architect Steven Holl’s sleek building design, which features a 41,000-square-foot stack of boxy galleries that evoke an oversize game of Jenga. Kelly Crow, WSJ, "A Provocative New Space for Art Emerges in Virginia," 24 Mar. 2018 The exhibit will feature up to 15 sculptures and conceptual art located along the 1-mile rail trail, which runs parallel to Needham Street in Newton. Jennifer Fenn Lefferts, BostonGlobe.com, "N2 Innovation District seeking donation for outdoor sculpture exhibition," 9 May 2018 Across the entire world there were maybe less than a thousand people — probably in the hundreds — who were concerned and thinking about a contemporary conceptual art. New York Times, "The Artists Who Defined the East Village’s Avant-Garde Scene," 17 Apr. 2018 Even with such a direct landscape orientation, though, this minimalist rendering of a populated landscape remains closer to conceptual art than to conventional realism. Mike Giuliano, Howard County Times, "Connecting the dots in Goldberg's variations," 13 July 2018 Centered largely in California, the movement emerged in the 1960s as an offshoot of conceptual art, one that attempted to understand artwork as a function of sensory perception. Ted Loos, WSJ, "With Three New Shows, Artist Mary Corse is Finally Having Her Moment," 1 May 2018 The breakthrough of conceptual art was to privilege the idea driving a work over its physical form. Jillian Steinhauer, The New Republic, "Adrian Piper’s art plays with identity and confronts defensiveness.," 30 May 2018 With Marsden McClintock and Cilla Barrows, Charles forms a clique of aesthetes who cast aspersions on now-dominant pop and conceptual art. Dan Cryer, San Francisco Chronicle, "‘The Italian Teacher,’ by Tom Rachman," 28 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of conceptual art

1967, in the meaning defined above

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