MoCA Web-Feature Conceptual Art — Extra Credit

Conceptual art was a rebellious form in which broke the expectations for avant-garde painting and the historical guideline for “acceptable” art forms. This cultivating form is produced by an idea or an expression of emotion. It grew in the early 20th century, resulting from social and political conflicts that renovated cultural perspective. This art form produced a visual understanding through a process documenting a theme not through the basics of sculpture and painting, but through a media aspect of recorded video, land art and performance. This essentially cultivated the meaning of art through influencing an idea of change.

This movement was traces back to Marcel Duchamp’s simplistic Dada style, taking the usually appliance by altering its meaning to a greater importance, implying a deeper sense of meaning and importance. One example of this post modern expression is his piece “The Fountain”. This is almost an insult based on the fact that it’s a urinal transformed as a piece of art based on the title and the artist signature. Simplistic form like Duchamp’s urinal piece changed the communal interpretation of art itself.  Another artist that exemplifies this movement was John Baldessari with is C-A-L-I-F-O-R-N-I-A piece placing each letter into an environment. This provided his audience with a place within the surroundings he was trying to evoke. This is exactly what conceptual art produces. It creates an emotional installation for the viewer to experience and accept. This physicality of art is produced from the artist and the reaction the viewer is place with throughout each journey with each piece.

The MoCa Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles is celebrating the first thirty years of this movement. It is showing these nontraditional forms of art which express conflict and cultivation through the process of social and political issues, creating a storyline for it’s audience which essentially altered not only the art world but challenge our social awareness of current affairs that tested our internal and external forces.

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