"In conceptual art the idea or concept is the most important aspect of the work . . . all planning and decisions are made beforehand and the execution is a perfunctory affair. The idea becomes the machine that makes the art."
Sol LeWitt (American, 1928-2007), in "Paragraphs on Conceptual Art," in Artforum, summer issue, 1967.
This quotation highlights a key difference between a traditional work of art and a conceptualist installation: in one instance the hands-on skills of the artist are paramount; in the other they are not. Tony Godfrey, author of "Conceptual Art," asserts that conceptual art questions the nature of what is understood as art.
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