What is Conceptual Art?

What is Conceptual Art?

Through the ages, words have been a tool for sending messages to others. Words assist communication. In the field of art and through different ages, different art styles have been arisen to explain the various forms of art. None of these styles can describe the process of observation. None of them can convey how an artist moves through a concept. These styles are only some words to facilitate a better relationship between a piece of art and an audience. Who is trying to classify these styles? Not artists, but art critics. When I was defining the differences between applied and pure art, I explained that all these contents are made to facilitate a way of understanding and relating to a piece of art; otherwise, they are not definite.

Conceptual art's phrase is a phrase like other art styles' name, and it cannot necessarily give us an understanding through the concept of art. {Sol LeWitt laid out the terms for conceptual art in his seminal "Paragraphs on Conceptual Art," published in the June 1967 issue of Artforum. "In conceptual art, the idea or concept is the most important aspect of the work," LeWitt wrote(artsy.net)}. Still, this definition is about the form (work) of art, not about how the idea of art is worked with. Either how a piece of art is being conceptualized by an artist. He also continues, {When an artist uses a conceptual form of art, it means that all of the planning and decisions are made beforehand. The execution is a perfunctory affair." That planning is, essentially, a set of strategies(artsy.net)}. As I experienced, without an aim (which is the concept behind a piece of art, not a plan), any piece of art will not be created. Also, the definition of time of creation is inexpressive in this definition. When and how an artist dominates the entire idea? Is that before the demonstration? By this, conceptual art refers to a style of art, not necessarily a concept behind a piece of art. However, specifically, in this case, the conceptual art style is a style that has profound thought behind an artwork.

Furthermore, creators are not chasing a form of art, they are just trying to transmit a message to the audience in a way with which they are comfortable. By this, a style of art is also a medium that serves to transport a signal. Sometimes mediums are bolder than the message, and sometimes the concept is more courageous. There are no differences. The idea always accompanies the process of creation before any commitment until the end of production. The idea is alive as if it were not, any piece of art would not have been created.

In conclusion, all art styles are following a concept regardless of being pure or applied as if it were not like that, then we cannot put any work in the range of art, and the study of art would be pointless. Sometimes the ideas are bold, consequential, or exaggerated like Conceptual Arts, and sometimes forms are bold, critical, and exaggerated like Photorealism. Still, art is art.


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