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Below are biographies and analysis of the work of the artists central to the Conceptual Art movement. Read more about the movement on the Conceptual Art Overview page.

Conceptual Art: 26 of 282 Total Artists
Ai Weiwei Biography, Art & Analysis

Ai Weiwei

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Ai Weiwei Famous Art

Ai Weiwei is a Chinese Conceptual artist and activist. His pieces explore many themes, including history, society, human rights, and the freedom of speech. Weiwei's open critique of the Chinese government has caused him many problems with Chinese authorities and challenged the establishment in an epic way.

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Baldessari, John Biography, Art & Analysis

Baldessari, John

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John Baldessari, born in 1931, is an American conceptual artist. He often combines image and languages in his art. His early works were canvas paintings that were empty except for painted statements derived from contemporary art theory. His juxtaposition of image and text is reminiscent of Rene Magritte's surrealist paintings.

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Benglis, Lynda Biography, Art & Analysis

Benglis, Lynda

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Benglis, Lynda Famous Art

Lynda Benglis is an American artist associated with process-based and anti-form art. Best known for her floor-based "spills" and latex sculptures, she adds a critical feminist perspective to post-minimalist work.

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Beuys, Joseph Biography, Art & Analysis

Beuys, Joseph

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Beuys, Joseph Famous Art

Joseph Beuys was a German multi- and mixed-media artist best known for incorporating ideas of humanism, social philosophy and politics into his art. Beuys practiced everything from installation and performance art to traditional painting and "social sculpture." He was continually motivated by the belief of universal human creativity.

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Broodthaers, Marcel Biography, Art & Analysis

Broodthaers, Marcel

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Marcel Broodthaers was a Belgian poet, filmmaker and conceptual artist who was born in 1924. He worked principally with found objects and collage, which often contained text. His most noted work was an installation, Musée d'Art Moderne, Department of Eagles, which began in his Brussels home.

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Burden, Chris Biography, Art & Analysis

Burden, Chris

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Burden, Chris Famous Art

American performance artist Chris Burden is most known for his 1970s works that placed him in extreme danger, such as being shot in the arm by an assistant or being crucified on the back of a car.

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De Maria, Walter Biography, Art & Analysis

De Maria, Walter

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De Maria, Walter Famous Art

Walter de Maria is an American sculptor, composer, and multi-media artist. His works have been characterized as Minimalist, Installation, Land art, Neo-Dada, and Conceptualist. De Maria's best known work is The Lightning Field (1977), consisting of 400 lightning rods situated on a field in New Mexico.

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Duchamp, Marcel Biography, Art & Analysis

Duchamp, Marcel

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Duchamp, Marcel Famous Art

The French artist Marcel Duchamp was an instrumental figure in the avant-garde art worlds of Paris and New York. Moving through Dada, Surrealism, readymades, sculpture, and installation, his work involves conceptual play and an implicit attack on bourgeois art sensibilities.

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Emin, Tracey Biography, Art & Analysis

Emin, Tracey

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Emin, Tracey Famous Art

Tracey Emin is a British artist and a member of the famed YBA's (Young British Artists). She is best known for her provocative and sexually-charged works, often in the form of personal traumatic events exhibited in an unapologeticly and willfully to the public.

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Gonzalez-Torres, Felix Biography, Art & Analysis

Gonzalez-Torres, Felix

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Gonzalez-Torres, Felix Famous Art

Felix Gonzalez-Torres was an American, Cuban-born visual artist known for his minimal installations and sculptures. Using materials such as strings of lightbulbs, clocks, stacks of paper, or packaged hard candies, his work is sometimes considered a reflection of his experience with AIDS and living at the time of the outbreak of that disease.

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Heizer, Michael Biography, Art & Analysis

Heizer, Michael

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Heizer, Michael Famous Art

Michael Heizer is an American artist who specializes in Land art installations and environments. Heizer's most celebrated pieces rely on the alteration but ultimate preservation of the natural landscape, such as Double Negative (1969), in which Heizer cut a 1500-foot long trench into a mesa in the Nevada desert.

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Holzer, Jenny Biography, Art & Analysis

Holzer, Jenny

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Holzer, Jenny Famous Art

Jenny Holzer is an American conceptual and mixed-media artist. Her work is best known for using a variety of text, propaganda imagery, sound, video and light, all of which she attempts to incorporate into public spaces, thus bringing artistic experience directly into the world.

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Johns, Jasper Biography, Art & Analysis

Johns, Jasper

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Johns, Jasper Famous Art

Jasper Johns is an American artist who rose to prominence in the late 1950s for his multi-media constructions, dubbed by critics as Neo-Dada. Johns' work, including his world-famous targets and American flags series, were important predecessors to Pop art.

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Kaprow, Allan Biography, Art & Analysis

Kaprow, Allan

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Kaprow, Allan Famous Art

Allan Kaprow was an American painter, collagist, assemblagist and performance artist. Kaprow was best known for trailblazing the artistic concept "happenings," which were experiential artistic events rather than single works of art.

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Kosuth, Joseph Biography, Art & Analysis

Kosuth, Joseph

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Kosuth, Joseph Famous Art

Joseph Kosuth was one of the originators of Conceptual art in the mid-1960s, when he pioneered the use of words in place of visual imagery of any kind and explored the relationship between ideas and the images, and words used to convey them.

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LeWitt, Sol Biography, Art & Analysis

LeWitt, Sol

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LeWitt, Sol Famous Art

Sol LeWitt was an American artist commonly associated with the Minimalist and Conceptual movements. He rose to prominence in the 1960s with the likes of Rauschenberg, Johns and Stella, and his work was included in the famous 1966 exhibit Primary Structures at the Jewish Museum. LeWitt's art often employed simple geometric forms and archetypal symbols, and he worked in a variety of media but was most interested in the idea behind the artwork.

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Long, Richard Biography, Art & Analysis

Long, Richard

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Long, Richard Famous Art

Much of Richard Long's work is considered a response to the natural environments he enters, incorporating mixed-media and various non-art elements such as landscape, rock, maps, and text.

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Nauman, Bruce Biography, Art & Analysis

Nauman, Bruce

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Nauman, Bruce Famous Art

Bruce Nauman is a contemporary American artist concerned with language, process, manipulation, and the registers of irony. His work includes performance, video, installation, neon sculpture, and other materials.

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Ono, Yoko Biography, Art & Analysis

Ono, Yoko

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Ono, Yoko Famous Art

Yoko Ono is a Japanese-American artist, musician, author, and peace activist, known for her work in avant-garde art, music and filmmaking as well as her marriage to the lendary John Lennon. Ono was highly succcesful iin bringing feminism to the forefront of the art world through her performance and conceptual pieces.

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Rauschenberg, Robert Biography, Art & Analysis

Rauschenberg, Robert

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Rauschenberg, Robert Famous Art

Robert Rauschenberg, a key figure in early Pop Art, admired the textural quality of Abstract Expressionism but scorned its emotional pathos. His famous "Combines" are part sculpture, part painting, and part installation.

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