con·​cep·​tu·​al·​ist kən-ˈsep-chə-wə-list How to pronounce conceptualist (audio)
: an adherent to the tenets of conceptualism or of conceptual art

Examples of conceptualist in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Instead, the gallery has nurtured a new generation of West Coast conceptualists who apply the philosophical rigor and satirical swagger of the 1960s and ’70s to contemporary issues like marginalization and decolonization. Zachary Small, New York Times, 27 Feb. 2024 Among them are Faith Ringgold and Charles White, the distinguished elders of the exhibition; Lorna Simpson and David Hammons, celebrated conceptualists of the ’80s and ’90s; and a troupe of younger artists including Tiona Nekkia McClodden, Sondra Perry and Farah Al Qasimi. New York Times, 26 Oct. 2023 He, in turn, was trained by the conceptualist John Baldessari at the California Institute of the Arts in the 1970s and has a style that absorbs a diverse set of influences, from the Italian painter Giorgio de Chirico to the New Yorker cartoonist Peter Arno. Zachary Small, New York Times, 22 Sep. 2023 Kate Bush — This one-of-a-kind English singer, songwriter and musical conceptualist counted the late Prince among her high-profile admirers. George Varga, San Diego Union-Tribune, 23 Apr. 2023 Pop conceptualist Billy Apple (born Barrie Bates), who made his name a work of art and his art a brand, is dead at 85. Los Angeles Times, 9 Oct. 2021 He is also compared to artists such as German conceptualist Martin Kippenberger quite often, which is not exactly an insult. Dallas News, 22 Mar. 2022 This great quasi-conceptualist who changed the course of art with art that ruptured definitions is now one of the most devoted craftsmen of painting alive. Jerry Saltz, Vulture, 22 Sep. 2021 Like his fellow Black conceptualist David Hammons, Pope. Benjamin Lima, Dallas News, 6 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use

1785, in the meaning defined above

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“Conceptualist.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Apr. 2024.

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