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1. Philosophy The doctrine, intermediate between nominalism and realism, that universals exist only within the mind and have no external or substantial reality. Also called mentalism.
2. A school of abstract art or an artistic doctrine that is concerned with the intellectual engagement of the viewer through conveyance of an idea and negation of the importance of the art object itself.

con·cep′tu·al·ist adj. & n.
con·cep′tu·al·is′tic adj.
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Unfortunately, the conceptualist cannot justify an effective demand that we always strive for truth.
"Zhang Huan: Altered States," the first survey of this conceptualist's oeuvre, documents Zhang's pioneering performance work in Beijing in the early 1990s, in New York since 1998 and in Shanghai where he opened a sculpture studio.
Mr Morrison, who works for the Criminal Records Bureau in Liverpool, describes himself as a ``naive conceptualist''.
Judges include British actresses Kimberley Nixon and Maria Pride, sci-fi author and screenwriter Marc Zicree, director, writer and producer Anurag Kashyap, script consultant and video conceptualist Keith Williams and award-winning documentary filmmaker Florence Ayisi.
The international art world's reappraisal of Peruvian artist Teresa Burga in the 2010s emphasized her Conceptualist approach in the 1970s.
He covers what demonstrative thought is and how to explain it, perceptualist approaches to demonstrative thought, attention-based perceptualist theories of demonstrative thought, non-attention-based perceptualist theories of demonstrative thought, the conceptualist challenge to demonstrative thought, pragmatic views of demonstrative thought: practical knowledge and object representation.
Were Mel Bochner's pieces superficial, trite, and sloppy when they were painted in the height of the minimalist and conceptualist movements?
He's also a budding conceptualist, lately putting together an ambitious series of gigs under the title Music And Architecture, involving an imaginative array of settings.
The read/write imperative smacks of the anarchist's disdain for authority or the conceptualist's opposition to the artist's hand.
Repetitio Nigrum Et Album is an experimental collection deconstructed to a conceptualist's minimalist attack on hi-concept fashion.
The article challenges the assumption, made by friends as well as foes of conceptualism, that a conceptualist stance necessarily commits us to denying animals minds.