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Conceptual art, sometimes called idea art, is art in which the ideas of the artist are more important than the means used to express them.
Conceptual art first came to be made in the 1960s and 1970s. It is generally seen as an expansion of minimalism. Many artists turned to conceptualism because of a belief that creating commercially marketable works was in some way unethical.
Conceptual art often makes use of materials such as photographs, maps, and videos. It is sometimes reduced to a set of instructions documenting how to make a work, but stopping short of actually making it--the idea behind the art is more important than the artefact itself.