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Conceptual Art is a term applied to works produced from the mid-1960s that stresses engagementwith ideas rather than a purely perceptual encounter with objects. In conceptual art, ideas are centralto the work. Conceptual artist Sol LeWitt emphasizes that concept is actually the “most importantaspect of the work” and that execution responds to its priorities. LeWitt further articulates that it is theresponsibility of the artist engaged in conceptual art to make the work “mentally interesting to thespectator”.In most conceptual works, artists proceed with investigations or propositions. Traditionally, there is aline that separates the role of artists and critics. The responsibility of interpretation and perhaps anelaboration of the artists’ works is delegated to the critic. In conceptual art, however, artists take onthis dual role by imparting their own ideas, inquiries, and analyses. According to the writer UrsulaMeyer, an essential aspect of conceptual art is self-reference. Artists define their intentions as part of their art.
What is Conceptual Art like? Could a urinal be called ‘Art’?
French artist Marcel Duchamp challenged notions about the formal aspects of art, artistic process, andits commodification. In 1917, he shocked the art world by presenting a urinal—a commercially produced, everyday object. He presented it as ‘Art’ in a juried exhibition by signing the pseudonym“R. Mutt” and adopting the museum’s convention of labeling, titled it
This was the mostfamous of what he called
, commonplace objects like bicycle wheels, which eventuallyset precedent for conceptual art.Probing the nature of art itself, another important emphasis of conceptual art is the elimination of theart-object. Hence, the variety of materials or processes employed in conceptual art is virtuallylimitless—photographs, video, maps, diagrams, found objects, or even performance, are but a fewexamples of conduits / vessels that hold artists’ conceptions.
I was looking for a form in painting to articulate possible relationships between abstraction and information.--Maria Taniguchi
In class, give the students a background on Conceptual Art. Introduce how the movement began in 1915 through Duchamp’s
. Ask the students to watch the video titled,“All You Need to Know about Conceptual Art”, featuring Andrew Graham-Dixon of the