Conceptual art

Art that is intended to convey an idea or a concept to the perceiver, rejecting the creation or appreciation of a traditional art object such as a painting or a sculpture as a precious commodity.

Conceptual art emerged as an art movement in the 1960s. The expression "concept art" was used in 1961 by Henry Flynt in a Fluxus publication, but it was to take on a different meaning when it was used by Joseph Kosuth (American, 1945-) and the Art & Language group (Terry Atkinson, David Bainbridge, Michael Baldwin, Harold Hurrell, Ian Burn, Mel Ramsden, Philip Pilkington, and David Rushton) in England. For the Art & Language group, concept art resulted in an art object being replaced by an analysis of it. Exponents of conceptual art said that artistic production should serve artistic knowledge and that the art object is not an end in itself. The first exhibition specifically devoted to conceptual art took place in 1970 at the New York Cultural Center under the title Conceptual Art and Conceptual Aspects.   (artlex.com)

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