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Conceptual Art

This refers to art that gives precedence to the idea and concept over the traditional aesthetic and material status of art. This form of art has a history of being anti-art or against the traditional deification of just painting and sculpture done in a certain manner, challenging notions of what constitute art. Conceptual art manifests in most of the contemporary art movements where new experimental practices are now defining what art stands for. This has also earned the wrath of many, calling it "pretentious" and "skill-less".

Conceptual art as a movement emerged in the 1960s as a rebellious strand of art making as opposed to formalism, and has impressed upon ideas and ideologies up to the contemporary scene. This has continued to form a dematerialisation of art where the objects of art became external, linguistic play became significant and a conversation between art and the exhibition space became vital, questioning relations between art and politics, media and society.

Further Reading

Conceptual Art edited by Peter Osborne, published by Phaidon

Hahnemühle Photo Rag, Torn, 2011, edition of 10, 30x42cm, 308gsm Epson Inkjet (Gicl’ee Fine Art)