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A type of art in which the idea or ideas that a work represents are considered its essential component and the finished ‘product’, if it exists at all, is regarded primarily as a form of ...

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World Encyclopedia

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... art Art giving primacy to idea over craftsmanship. Duchamp first asserted the notion, but a movement only began to take shape in the 1960s. Conceptual art questions the nature of art and emphasizes the elimination of art as an object or commodity for reproduction. The ‘viewer’ is often implicated in the production of art as performance or ‘happening’. Artists include Claes Oldenburg and Joseph Beuys...

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The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Art Terms (2 ed.)

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... art A widespread movement from the mid-1960s through the 1970s, Conceptual art emphasized the artist's thinking, making any activity or thought a work of art without the necessity of translating it into physical form. The term gained currency after the publication in the summer 1967 issue of Artforum of the Minimal artist Sol Lewitt 's article ‘Paragraphs on Conceptual Art’. This dealt with the ‘primary structures’ of Robert Morris , simple polyhedrons which could be ‘visualized’ from any point of view. In its broadest sense, Conceptual art can...

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The Oxford Dictionary of Art (3 ed.)

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... Arte Povera , Body art , Land art , and Performance art . These have all been seen as aspects of the reaction against the formalism and commercialism of Minimal art . However, Conceptual art has proved just as susceptible to commercial exploitation as other forms of avant-garde expression, with dealers selling the documentation of Conceptual works to collectors and museums. Such documentation takes varied forms, including photographs, sound and video cassettes, texts, maps, diagrams, and sets of instructions, but some Conceptual works do not have any...

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The Oxford Companion to Western Art

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...of conceptual importance, equal to the event itself. Contemporary accounts of Conceptual art often found it difficult to explain its ‘objectless’ nature; the Tate Gallery's Biennial Report ( 1972–4 ) contained a ‘Note on Conceptual Art’ which related it inappropriately to earlier art by claiming that it ‘develops with a new vitality [art's] traditional preoccupations with the human figure and with its setting in interiors and in landscape’. In rejecting the basic forms by which art is recognized—a painting or sculpture installed in a gallery—Conceptual art was...

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A Dictionary of Critical Theory (2 ed.)

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... art A non-representational form of art which sees its purpose as the creation of ideas. The artistic object, as such, is not then the finished work, but the idea it provokes in its audience. It does not concern itself, therefore, with the need for physical permanency; indeed, very often a photograph of the event is the only record of its existence. Noted conceptual artists include: Joseph Beuys , Claus Oldenburg , and Joseph Kosuth...

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The Grove Encyclopedia of American Art

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...Art of the 1960s (New York, 1988), pp. 343–58 Art conceptuel formes conceptuelles/Conceptual Art Conceptual Forms (exh. cat., Paris, Gal. 1900–2000, 1990) L'Art conceptuel, une perspective (exh. cat., Paris, Mus. A. Mod. Ville Paris, 1990) R. Morgan : Art into Ideas: Essays on Conceptual Art (Cambridge, 1996) A. Alberro and B. Stimson : Conceptual Art: A Critical Anthology (New York, 1999) Global Conceptualism: Points of Origin, 1950s-1980s (exh. cat., New York City, Queens Mus. A., 1999) R. Araeen : “A Suspressed History of Conceptual Art in...

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The Oxford Dictionary of American Art and Artists (2 ed.)

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... art A 1960s innovation prioritizing idea over execution. At its extreme, a conceptual art work may consist only of a brief written description or set of instructions for fabrication. However, in practice, conceptual art intermingled freely with other 1960s and 1970s tendencies, such as minimalism , earth art , and performance art , as well as politically oriented art. It has also affected the underlying ethos of later art. Conceptual art repudiated abstract expressionism ’s emphasis on process and psychology, pop art ’s acceptance of...

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Jacob Stewart-Halevy, Michael Baldwin, Charles Harrison, Mel Ramsden, Mary Kelly, and Yair Guttmann

Encyclopedia of Aesthetics (2 ed.)

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...According to our understanding of the morale of conceptual art, talk of “classical conceptual art” effectively denies the work in question any significant difference from artistic norms. This is not to say that conceptual art is immune from retrospective accounts, but rather that it is its radical incompleteness that renders conceptual art interesting. It does not follow that “conceptual art” is subject to practical revival. Conceptual art had better not look to conceptual art for its future. Bibliography Art & Language: The Paintings . Exh. cat., Palais des...

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Encyclopedia of Aesthetics

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2008
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...of the morale of Conceptual Art, talk of “classical conceptual art” effectively denies the work in question any significant difference from artistic norms. This is not to say that conceptual art is immune from retrospective accounts, but rather that it is its radical incompleteness that renders conceptual art interesting. It does not follow that “conceptual art” is subject to practical revival. Conceptual art had better not look to conceptual art for its future. Bibliography Art-Language 1–5 (1969–1985); new series, 1 (June 1994). Art Language . Paris,...

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The Oxford Dictionary of Art and Artists (5 ed.)

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... Arte Povera , Body art , Land art , and Performance art . These have all been seen as aspects of the reaction against the formalism and commercialism of Minimal art . However, Conceptual art has proved just as susceptible to commercial exploitation as other forms of avant-garde expression, with dealers selling the documentation of Conceptual works to collectors and museums. Such documentation takes varied forms, including photographs, sound and video recordings, texts, maps, diagrams, and sets of instructions, but some Conceptual works do not have any...

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A Dictionary of Modern and Contemporary Art (3 ed.)

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...that Conceptual art became a recognizable movement and acquired its name. The expression ‘Concept art’ was used by the American ‘anti-artist’ Henry Flynt ( 1940–  ) in 1961 , but the term ‘Conceptual art’ did not gain currency until Sol LeWitt 's article ‘Paragraphs on Conceptual Art’ appeared in Artforum in 1967 . LeWitt wrote that ‘In Conceptual art the idea or concept is the most important aspect of the work…all planning and decisions are made beforehand and the execution is a perfunctory affair. The idea becomes the machine that makes the art.’...

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Oxford Dictionary of English (3 ed.)

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New Oxford American Dictionary (3 ed.)

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The Canadian Oxford Dictionary (2 ed.)

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Australian Oxford Dictionary (2 ed.)

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The New Zealand Oxford Dictionary

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A type of art in which the idea or ideas that a work represents are considered its essential component and the finished ‘product’, if it exists at all, is regarded primarily as a form of ...
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An Oxford Companion to the Romantic Age

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...and energy, contradiction will define its system. Coleridge's ‘balance and reconciliation of opposite and discordant qualities’ signals an effort to bring the new poetry under conceptual control. Moreover, a deeper antithetical truth appears in the poetical events themselves: in Coleridge's case, most if not all of his greatest poetry is either unstable or manifestly beyond the conceptual controls he himself explicitly pursued in his poetic work. The flaw appears as soon as Coleridge writes a serious and important poem, for instance, ‘The Eolian Harp’ ( 1796 ),...

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Liberal Islam: A Sourcebook

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...than of juridical erudition. The elaboration even of this new theology calls for a renewed conceptual apparatus . Neither utilitarian and superficial rationalism, the Mu‘tazilite inspiration that the most liberal juridical schools have not managed to break free of, nor the modernist doctrines, so poor in the scheme of thought, can serve as a foundation for such an enterprise. It is a matter of forging a new conceptual apparatus. First, with properly Islamic elements, in making an appeal to the Islamic gnosis, particularly to Shi‘i...

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...claim of discovery was whether the method of investigation was in any respect like that of an empirical science. The procedure appeared to be conceptual analysis of the ordinary philosophical kind. Nevertheless, Brown treated the ‘science of mental analysis’ as strictly analogous to the science of chemistry—for each tries to reduce compound substances and processes to elementary ones—and Brown thus thought that conceptual analysis and empirical scientific analysis were simply the same method applied to two different materials. Hence philosophical and scientific...

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