Definition of conceptual art in English:

conceptual art

(also concept art)

noun

  • Art in which the idea presented by the artist is considered more important than the finished product, if there is one.

    • ‘To return to the Reese's analogy, the separate ‘tastes’ of conceptual art and an art informed by a politics of identity have much individual merit, but what do we get when they collide?’
    • ‘Artists were engaged in such varied practices as minimalism, Earthworks, Photo-realism, conceptual art, performance art, and feminist art.’
    • ‘Much of Cuban art today is firmly rooted in international aesthetic trends, particularly conceptual art.’
    • ‘Gillette's method for producing the images combines elements of drawing, digital art, conceptual art and performance.’
    • ‘With Temptation, Zhan Wang emphatically shifted his mode of sculptural production into the realms of installation and conceptual art.’
    • ‘Indeed, it would be hard to decode his work without some experience or knowledge of performance art and conceptual art practices.’
    • ‘Rosy Naylor founded her label Hatform in 2003, after originally training in sculpture and conceptual art at Glasgow School of Art.’
    • ‘Another present day hierarchy in art places conceptual art at the apex, followed by paintings, then sculpture, and at the bottom the crafts.’
    • ‘At January's London Art 2003 art fair, ‘there was a bit of resurgence of painting and less conceptual art shown,’ described Peck.’
    • ‘As with abstract expressionism or some conceptual art pieces, from a viewer's perspective many of Barth's pieces offer form, but do not easily open themselves to share their content.’
    • ‘Taking them from the boat and onto the glacial formations of art history required explaining how conceptual art differed from the beaux arts of classical painting or sculpture.’
    • ‘In one scene a couple of characters wrestle with the idea of conceptual art.’
    • ‘Driving through fashionable South Austin, it's not uncommon to see outdoor sculptures or conceptual art adorning the front lawns of modest ranch-style houses.’
    • ‘They individually pick and choose among the large range of contemporary styles, from traditional painting to conceptual art.’
    • ‘After all, how do you place performance art or conceptual art in a portfolio?’
    • ‘The 56-year-old artist creates paintings, sculptures and conceptual art, but he is foremost an installation artist.’
    • ‘In conceptual art the idea or concept is the most important aspect of the work.’
    • ‘Whitfield's solo act is perfectly pitched, and his stage performance is augmented by some elegantly shot short films ranging from genre pastiche to conceptual art.’
    • ‘After nearly forty years critics and artists are still defining conceptual art, even as it has since been assimilated by succeeding artists.’
    • ‘Images of the human hand have been a primary source of visual inspiration for photographers in the expression of gesture and conceptual art.’

Pronunciation:

conceptual art

/kənˈsep(t)SH(əw)əl ärt/