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Conceptual art is an art movement that emerged in the 1960s and 1970s, characterized by a focus on the idea or concept behind the artwork, rather than its physical form or aesthetic qualities. The movement challenged traditional notions of art and the role of the artist, and often involved the use of unconventional materials and techniques.
Conceptual artists sought to explore the relationship between art and language, and to question the idea of the artwork as a commodity. They often used text, photographs, and other forms of documentation to communicate their ideas, and many works of conceptual art exist only as written instructions or proposals.
One of the most famous examples of conceptual art is Marcel Duchamp’s “Fountain”, a porcelain urinal that he signed with a pseudonym and submitted to an art exhibition in 1917. The piece challenged traditional notions of what could be considered art, and sparked a debate about the role of the artist and the value of art.
Conceptual art continues to be an influential and controversial movement in contemporary art, and has been used to explore a wide range of social, political, and philosophical issues. It has also been criticized for being overly cerebral and lacking in aesthetic appeal.