Conceptual art can feel a bit like an exclusive insiders’ club, but it doesn’t have to be! Join us at our next meetup where we’ll try to demystify the idea. Chat with us about programming, the artistic process, and whether or not there is still room for painting (there is!).
Conceptual art is art for which the idea (or concept) behind the work is more important than the finished art object. In his Paragraphs on Conceptual Art, Sol LeWitte writes, “[w]hen an artist uses a conceptual form of art, it means that all of the planning and decisions are made beforehand and the execution is a perfunctory affair.”
The “finished product” can be – and can look like – almost anything. This is because, unlike a painter or sculptor who will think about how best they can express their idea using paint or sculptural materials and techniques, a conceptual artist uses whatever materials and whatever form is most appropriate to putting their idea across – this could be anything from a performance to a written description.
Sources: Tate Museum – art terms, Sol LeWitte, Paragraphs on Conceptual Art