Famous Conceptual Artists, Ranked Artists

Famous Conceptual Artists, Ranked

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List of famous Conceptual art artists, with images, bios, and information about their notable works. All the greatest artists associated with the Conceptual art movement are included here, along with clickable names for more details on that particular painter or sculptor. These notable Conceptual art period artists are organized by popularity, so the best artists are at the top of the list. If you think the best Conceptual art artist isn't as high as they should be then be sure to give them an upvote.

Examples of artists on this list include Yoko Ono and Marcel Duchamp.

This list answers the questions, "Who are the most famous Conceptual art artists?" and "Who are the best Conceptual art artists?"

Almost every well-known or influential figure in this movement is listed below. You can use the artists in this list to create a new list, re-rank it to fit your opinion, then share it with your Twitter followers, Facebook friends or with any other social networks you use on a regular basis. (87 items)


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    Marcel Duchamp
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    Marcel Duchamp was a French, naturalized American painter, sculptor, chess player, and writer whose work is associated with Dadaism and conceptual art, although careful about his use of the term Dada and direct association with Dada groups. Duchamp is commonly regarded, along with Pablo Picasso and ...more

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    • Artworks: Nude Descending a Staircase, No. 2, La Boîte-en-valise (Box in a Suitcase), Why Not Sneeze, Rose Sélavy?, + more
    • Birthplace: Blainville-Crevon, France
    • Associated periods or movements: Dada, Surrealism, Conceptual art, Section d'Or
    • Nationality: France, United States of America
    • Art Forms: Sculpture, Painting
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    Sol LeWitt
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    Solomon "Sol" LeWitt was an American artist linked to various movements, including Conceptual art and Minimalism. LeWitt came to fame in the late 1960s with his wall drawings and "structures" but was prolific in a wide range of media including drawing, printmaking, photography, and painting. He has been ...more

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    • Artworks: Working drawing for Wall Drawing #565: On three walls, continuous forms . . ., Working drawing for Wall Drawing #746: Identical cubes with color ink washes . ., Wall Drawing #45: Straight lines 10, Working drawing for Wall Drawing #380 (detail): Isometric figures drawn . ., + more
    • Birthplace: Hartford, Connecticut, United States of America
    • Associated periods or movements: Contemporary art, Minimalism, Conceptual art
    • Nationality: United States of America
    • Art Forms: Sculpture, Painting, Drawing
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    Yoko Ono, is a Japanese multimedia artist, singer, and peace activist. She is the widow and second wife of John Lennon and is also known for her work in avant-garde art, music, and filmmaking. Ono grew up in Tokyo, and studied at Gakushuin University while her family moved to the US to escape the war.more

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    • Artworks: Play it by Trust, My Mommy is Beautiful
    • Birthplace: Tokyo, Japan
    • Associated periods or movements: Contemporary art, Conceptual art
    • Nationality: Japan
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    Gilbert and George

    Gilbert and George
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    Gilbert Prousch, sometimes referred to as Gilbert Proesch and George Passmore are two artists who work together as a collaborative duo called Gilbert & George. They are known for their distinctive and highly formal appearance and manner and also for their brightly coloured graphic-style photo-based ...more

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    • Artworks: Drunk With God, Down to Earth, The Singing Sculpture, Live's, The Alcoholic
    • Associated periods or movements: Contemporary art, Conceptual art
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    Joseph Beuys was a German Fluxus, happening and performance artist as well as a sculptor, installation artist, graphic artist, art theorist and pedagogue of art. His extensive work is grounded in concepts of humanism, social philosophy and anthroposophy; it culminates in his "extended definition of art" ...more

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    • Artworks: Lightning with Stag in its Glare, The End of the Twentieth Century, 7000 Oaks, Eurasia Siberian Symphony 1963, Iron Chest from Vacuum-Mass"
    • Birthplace: Krefeld, Germany
    • Associated periods or movements: Fluxus, Conceptual art
    • Nationality: Germany
    • Art Forms: Performance, Sculpture
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    Yves Klein was a French artist considered an important figure in post-war European art. He is the leading member of the French artistic movement of Nouveau réalisme founded in 1960 by art critic Pierre Restany. Klein was a pioneer in the development of performance art, and is seen as an inspiration to ...more

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    • Artworks: Anthropometry: Princess Helena, Untitled (ANT154), IKB74, Eponge (SE180) (Sponge [SE180]), Eponge, + more
    • Birthplace: Nice, France
    • Associated periods or movements: Monochrome painting, Nouveau réalisme, Conceptual art
    • Nationality: France
    • Art Forms: Painting
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    Stanley Brouwn

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    • Associated periods or movements: Conceptual art
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    On Kawara was a Japanese conceptual artist who lived in New York City from 1965. He took part in many solo and group exhibitions, including the Venice Biennale in 1976.more

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    • Artworks: March 16, 1993, from the Today Series, 1966-, Untitled, + more
    • Birthplace: Kariya, Japan
    • Associated periods or movements: Contemporary art, Conceptual art
    • Nationality: Japan
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    Dennis Oppenheim
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    Dennis Oppenheim was an American conceptual artist, performance artist, earth artist, sculptor and photographermore

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    • Artworks: Engagement, Directed Harvest, One Hour Run, Final Stroke-Project for a Glass Factory
    • Birthplace: Electric City, Washington, United States of America
    • Associated periods or movements: Conceptual art
    • Nationality: United States of America
    • Art Forms: Sculpture
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    Lawrence Weiner is one of the central figures in the formation of conceptual art in the 1960s His work often takes the form of typographic texts.more

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    • Artworks: Rocks Upon the Beach Sand Upon the Rocks, Moved from Up Front, IN RELATION TO AN INCREASE IN QUANTITY, REGARDLESS OF QUALITY:, HAVING BEEN PLACED UPON A PLANE, + more
    • Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America
    • Associated periods or movements: Contemporary art, Conceptual art
    • Nationality: United States of America
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    Marina Abramović is a Serbian and former Yugoslav artist based in New York, a performance artist who began her career in the early 1970s. Her work explores the relationship between performer and audience, the limits of the body, and the possibilities of the mind. Active for over three decades, she has ...more

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    • Artworks: Seven Easy Pieces
    • Birthplace: Europe, Eurasia, Yugoslavia, Serbia, Belgrade
    • Associated periods or movements: Contemporary art, Conceptual art
    • Nationality: Serbia
    • Art Forms: Performance
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    Ray Johnson
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    Raymond Edward "Ray" Johnson, known primarily as a collagist and correspondence artist, was a seminal figure in the history of Neo-Dada and early Pop art. Once called "New York's most famous unknown artist", Johnson also staged and participated in early performance art events associated with the Fluxus ...more

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    • Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan, United States of America
    • Associated periods or movements: Fluxus, Neo-Dada, Conceptual art, Pop art
    • Nationality: United States of America
    • Art Forms: Collage
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    Robert Barry

    Robert Barry is an American artist. Since 1967, Barry has produced non-material works of art, installations, and performance art using a variety of otherwise invisible media. In 1968, Robert Barry is quoted as saying "Nothing seems to me the most potent thing in the world."more

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    • Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America
    • Associated periods or movements: Conceptual art
    • Nationality: United States of America
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    John Baldessari
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    John Anthony Baldessari is an American conceptual artist known for his work featuring found photography and appropriated images. He lives and works in Santa Monica and Venice, California. Initially a painter, Baldessari began to incorporate texts and photography into his canvases in the mid-1960s. In ...more

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    • Artworks: Fire, Money, Water, Sex, Looking East on 4th and C, + more
    • Birthplace: National City, California, United States of America
    • Associated periods or movements: Contemporary art, Conceptual art
    • Nationality: United States of America
    • Art Forms: Painting
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    Victor Burgin

    Victor Burgin
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    Victor Burgin is an artist and a writer. Burgin first came to attention as a conceptual artist in the late 1960s and at that time was most noted for being a political photographer of the left, who would fuse photographs and words in the same picture. He has worked with photography and film, calling ...more

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    • Birthplace: Sheffield, United Kingdom
    • Associated periods or movements: Conceptual art
    • Nationality: United Kingdom
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    Artur Barrio is an artist who lives and works in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Much of his work consists of installation pieces that create interaction with the public. Barrio engages the viewer as participant in his art, often without their knowledge that it is art in which they are participating. By doing ...more

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    • Birthplace: Porto, Portugal
    • Associated periods or movements: Contemporary art, Modernism, Conceptual art
    • Nationality: Brazil
    • Art Forms: Installation art
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    Daniel Buren

    Daniel Buren is a French conceptual artist.more

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    • Artworks: Les Deux Plateaux, One Painting in Four Elements for One Wall
    • Birthplace: Boulogne-Billancourt, France
    • Associated periods or movements: Conceptual art
    • Nationality: France
    • Art Forms: Sculpture, Installation art
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    John Latham

    John Aubrey Clarendon Latham, was a Zambia-born, British conceptual artist.more

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    • Artworks: Art and Culture, Shem
    • Birthplace: Livingstone, Zambia
    • Associated periods or movements: Conceptual art
    • Nationality: Northern Rhodesia, United Kingdom
    • Art Forms: Sculpture, Painting
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    Joseph Kosuth
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    Joseph Kosuth, is an American conceptual artist. He lives in New York and London, after residing in various cities in Europe, including Ghent, Rome and Berlin.more

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    • Artworks: 'Titled Quotation (for L.C.), ' from the Leo Castelli 90th Birthday portfolio, One and Three Chairs, The Square Root of Minus One
    • Birthplace: Toledo, Ohio, United States of America
    • Associated periods or movements: Conceptual art
    • Nationality: United States of America
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