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

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Recent Examples on the Web 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,, "Susan Rothenberg, acclaimed figurative painter, 75," 21 May 2020 Now 38 years old, the young Akchoté has earned a reputation for fierce conceptualism. Kat Bein, Billboard, "Ed Banger OG SebastiAn Talks Growing Up on 'Thirst' LP: 'A Bridge Between Hip-Hop, Rock, French Touch & Everything'," 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, "Video Games Are Better Without Game-Play," 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, "Video Games Are Better Without Game-Play," 22 Oct. 2019 Drawing from symphonies, chamber music and conceptualism, electro-acoustic fusions, neo-romanticism and choral music, string quartets, song cycles and serialism, Reynolds embraces and expands many traditions. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Fall arts 2019 | Classical music: Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Roger Reynolds a whirlwind of music," 15 Sep. 2019 His exploration of motifs—in paintings, prints, drawings and sculpture—propelled 20th-century art into a host of avenues, including pop art, conceptualism and minimalism. Brenda Cronin, WSJ, "Jasper Johns Isn’t Done Yet," 22 Sep. 2018 London’s art schools started swapping drawing classes for conceptualism and cameras. Dominic Green, WSJ, "‘Modernists & Mavericks’ Review: Art That Felt Like Reality," 15 June 2018 But Piper quickly joined the avant-garde of her time, leaving figuration behind for the conceptualism then being formulated by Sol LeWitt and other (mostly male) artists. Jillian Steinhauer, The New Republic, "Adrian Piper’s art plays with identity and confronts defensiveness.," 30 May 2018

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1819, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Conceptualism.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Oct. 2020.

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