Conceptual Art

Conceptual Art

Conceptual art emerged in the late 1960s, prioritising the idea or concept behind the piece over the actual art object.

Conceptual art, or conceptualism, was formed in the late 1960s, and focused on ideas (i.e. concepts) and theories more than making visual works. In 1967, artist Sol LeWitt named this new type of art ‘conceptual art’ in his essay ‘Paragraphs on Conceptual Art’. He said, "The idea itself, even if not shown visually, is just as much art as any finished thing." Conceptual artists used their art to challenge the idea of what art is, and to criticise the ideas behind how art is made, shared, and shown.

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X Marks the Spot – A history of collaboration in art and fashion

From Dali x Schiaparelli to Kusama x Louis Vuitton, fashion and art collaborations go way back. As Fashion Week begins, discover the history behind some of the most iconic cultural collaborations.

X Marks the Spot – A history of collaboration in art and fashion
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Lawrence Weiner

For Lawrence Weiner, art should do three things: ask questions, communicate an idea, and be useful for people. 

Lawrence Weiner
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Elizabeth Peyton

Since the birth of art, humans have painted themselves. But what do portraits mean today? And how do they continue to capture precious moments of history?

Elizabeth Peyton
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Jenny Holzer: HURT EARTH

In a series of monumental light projections, HURT EARTH, art icon Jenny Holzer prompts urgent environmental action. Words from more than 40 global climate activists appear across the UK to coincide with COP26.

Jenny Holzer: HURT EARTH
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Avant Arte & For Freedoms

Our collaboration with the trailblazing, artist-run collective.

Avant Arte & For Freedoms
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Tyler Hobbs

Tyler Hobbs was born in 1987 in Austin, Texas, where he currently lives and works.

Tyler Hobbs
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Jean-Michel Othoniel

Jean-Michel Othoniel was born in 1964 in Saint-Étienne, France, and is now based in Paris.

Jean-Michel Othoniel

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Parra's studio, with Parra at the centre, his back to the camera as he works on the large painting takes centre stage, showing a faceless blue woman in a striped dress, painted in red, purple, blue and teal. The studio is full of brightly coloured paints, with a large window on the right and a patterned rug across the floor under the painting.