Conceptual Art

Conceptual art describes an art form where the ideas take a precedent over material and/or aesthetic concerns. Arguably anyone can make a piece of conceptual art by simply following the instructions of the artist.

Conceptual art became prominent in the late 1960s, its main characteristic being a focus on the idea behind an art work rather than the finished product. This means that the act of creating the art-work (or art event) is considered 12 to be of more importance and therefore of greater value than what is finally created. In this way it undermines the commercial aspect of art to which most conceptual artists are opposed. Conceptual artists include Victor Burgin, Joseph Kosuth and Sol de Witt. Challenging the notion of art as a commodity, that is something that can be bought and sold, can be traced back in modern times to the Dada movement

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