con·​cep·​tu·​al·​ism | \ kən-ˈsep-chə-wə-ˌli-zəm How to pronounce conceptualism (audio) , -chü-ə-, -chə-ˌli-, -shwə-ˌli- \

Definition of conceptualism

1 : a theory in philosophy intermediate between realism and nominalism that universals exist in the mind as concepts of discourse or as predicates which may be properly affirmed of reality
2 often capitalized : conceptual art

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conceptualistic \ kən-​ˌsep-​chə-​wə-​ˈli-​stik How to pronounce conceptualism (audio) , -​chü-​ə-​ , -​chə-​ˈli-​ , -​shwə-​ˈli-​ \ adjective
conceptualistically \ kən-​ˌsep-​chə-​wə-​ˈli-​sti-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce conceptualism (audio) , -​chü-​ə-​ , -​chə-​ˈli-​ , -​shwə-​ˈli-​ \ adverb

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Recent Examples on the Web The simple geometric seriality and oneness of this sculpture also triggers minimalism, not to say conceptualism. Jerry Saltz, Vulture, 22 Sep. 2021 In the end, craft—like photography—was freed from its medium-specific purgatory by conceptualism. Susan Tallman, The New York Review of Books, 19 Aug. 2021 These cannily aestheticized, fluidly heuristic strategies help the movie transcend its original impersonal conceptualism to convey the immediacy and the real-world power of political mythology—and attempt a corrective demythologizing in real time. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, 17 June 2021 Her strain of snapshot conceptualism, profoundly personal and eminently personable, could have been overwhelmed with minutiae or weighed down by retrospective insight. Johanna Fateman, The New Yorker, 16 Dec. 2020 But the early discouragement fueled a resolve to push hard against received notions of painting in the late 1960s, when painting itself was being consigned to historical oblivion by the dominant movements of minimalism and conceptualism. Randy Kennedy,, 21 May 2020 Now 38 years old, the young Akchoté has earned a reputation for fierce conceptualism. Kat Bein, Billboard, 8 Nov. 2019 In the fine arts, conceptualism overtook both figurative work and abstraction in the 20th century, giving the idea of a creative work more weight than its aesthetic or representational properties. Ian Bogost, The Atlantic, 22 Oct. 2019 The creators of Untitled Goose Game seem to have known that there was a risk that the title would fail to rise above conceptualism. Ian Bogost, The Atlantic, 22 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of conceptualism

1819, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Conceptualism.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Oct. 2021.

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