con·​cep·​tu·​al·​ism kən-ˈsep-chə-wə-ˌli-zəm How to pronounce conceptualism (audio)
: 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
often capitalized : conceptual art
kən-ˌsep-chə-wə-ˈli-stik How to pronounce conceptualism (audio)
kən-ˌsep-chə-wə-ˈli-sti-k(ə-)lē How to pronounce conceptualism (audio)

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The ‘80s were a heady time in arts education, and by the time Barth received her master of fine arts from UCLA in 1985, her foundation in conceptualism and postmodern theory ran deep. Leah Ollman, Los Angeles Times, 29 Dec. 2022 Resnick’s work contributes to the conceptual discourse of the time, but also transcends it by reimagining more traditional art forms based on the formal breakthroughs of conceptualism. Jonathon Keats, Forbes, 30 Apr. 2022 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 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1819, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of conceptualism was in 1819

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“Conceptualism.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Jan. 2023.

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