What Is Conceptual Art?

By Dr. Betty Ann Brown

Conceptual art is simply art based on ideas, and the movement began in the early 20th century when artists began concentrating more on the ideas behind art rather than the purely retinal-focused purposes. Think about art conceptually, focusing less on what is presented and more on what is implied, with information from an art historian, critic and curator in this free video on art.

About the Author

Betty Ann Brown is an art historian, critic and curator. She received a Ph.D. from the University of New Mexico in 1977, where she studied Pre-Columbian art. Brown has worked as a contributing editor for Arts and Artweek and the Los Angeles Reader, has written frequently for Artscene and was founding editor of Visions, the Los Angeles art quarterly. Her "GradivaĆ­s Mirror: Reflections on Women, Surrealism & Art History," a series of essays on Surrealist artists, won the 2003 Cal State Northridge Award for Outstanding Scholarly Publication. Brown is currently working on a textbook titled "Art & Mass Media" (Kendall Hunt Publishers) and teaches art history at Cal State University Northridge.