Definition of conceptualism in US English:



  • The theory that universals can be said to exist, but only as concepts in the mind.

    • ‘Since the late '70s, Adrian Piper's art practice has deliberately melded the forms of '60s conceptualism and minimalism with identity based subject matter.’
    • ‘And for me this sums up the importance of James' brand of conceptualism: the artist and the work as facilitator towards developing a conceptual interrogation and response within the viewers themselves.’
    • ‘By 1971 conceptualism had emerged in Sudan especially through the work of Muhammad Shaddad, co-founder of the Crystalist Group in Khartoum, who also co-authored the group's manifesto.’
    • ‘One consequence of this conceptualism was the loss of a feeling for complexity in art - the richness of specification of traditional mimesis and the intriguing formal relationships of modernist art were often abandoned.’
    • ‘If any creative or critical strategy establishes a firm link between contemporary and classical African art, that strategy is conceptualism: both emphasize the pre-eminence of idea over form.’
    • ‘Most younger artists working now have rejected the polished surfaces of Post Modernism in favour of an eclectic mixture of conceptualism and craft.’
    • ‘What is probably the very first monograph ever devoted to Auriol deals with his conceptualism.’
    • ‘For us, the real attraction of the works is the absence around the images, the white grounds that give the works a sense of detached scientific observation that's also evocative of a cool modernist conceptualism.’
    • ‘Thus he was particularly devoted to figurative painting, championing it at a time when conceptualism and ‘art theory’ kept all painting on the defensive.’
    • ‘She embarked upon her three-decades-long career in the medium as a pioneer of conceptualism, and then went through a period of more classically themed work comprising landscape, cityscape, portraiture and still life.’
    • ‘Body art, conceptualism, activism, and spectacle have linked with elaborate digital, reproductive, and imaging techniques to offer a promise of creativity that highlights issues related to technology.’
    • ‘Using the self-effacing formal devices associated with conceptualism and minimalism, Piper interrogates the subjective effacement of the racial stereotype.’
    • ‘See, our mums and dads worked with the legacy of minimalism and conceptualism, their hold on the ‘presentness’ of the work, we are, by distinction, children of ‘the moment’.’
    • ‘But LaBute is also concerned with the conflict between art and morality and the grandstanding exhibitionism of contemporary conceptualism.’
    • ‘That all of these levels were explicable within the work itself says volumes about the vitality of conceptualism in the 70s and 80s - it had not yet a reached a nadir of mannerist gestures.’
    • ‘Most American designers are either obsessed with objective space or suffer from just trying to make things look cool - but here there is evidence of honesty, conceptualism and philosophy.’
    • ‘In conceptualism, these biographical narratives, tightly connected to both the text and image components, became an explicit part of the work's content.’
    • ‘Its energetic program of 33 exhibitions per year, including the annual show of the Chalupecky Prize winner, focuses on minimalism, conceptualism and emerging artists.’
    • ‘I find that the socialist conceptualism of the '70s and the soc-pop art phenomenon are so amazing - very strange and original.’
    • ‘These artists overcome conceptualism in the same way that the image overcomes aestheticism, or that ‘anthropology’ overcomes ‘theory.’’