conceptualism

noun
con·cep·tu·al·ism | \kən-ˈsep-chə-wə-ˌli-zəm, -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, -chü-ə-, -chə-ˈli-, -shwə-ˈli- \ adjective
conceptualistically \kən-ˌsep-chə-wə-ˈli-sti-k(ə-)lē, -chü-ə-, -chə-ˈli-, -shwə-ˈli- \ adverb

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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 But from the 1970s on, as conceptualism, expressionist painting and other postmodernist movements came to the fore, the Alberses’ brand of geometric abstraction and formal experimentation fell out of fashion. Carol Kino, WSJ, "How Anni and Josef Albers Became 21st Century Art Stars," 6 Sep. 2017 Daren Bader specializes in the kind of casual Conceptualism — think of the Swiss duo Peter Fischli and David Weiss, or Mark Leckey — that looks dumb on the surface but purports to contain lower registers of intelligence (or at least cleverness). Roberta Smith, Will Heinrich And Martha Schwendener, New York Times, "What to See in New York Art Galleries This Week," 22 June 2017 That seemed ridiculously backward by the lights of the time’s reigning vanguards of flinty post-minimalism, cagey conceptualism, and chaste abstraction. The New Yorker, "Fast Forward: Painting from the 1980s," 31 Mar. 2017 By contrast, London was considered a breeding ground of edgy young things lauded as faces of the future, and Paris, all creative conceptualism and glamour, the zenith of the seasonal calendar. Elizabeth Paton, New York Times, "Italy's Next Generation Takes Hold," 24 Feb. 2016

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1819, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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