conceptual art

Walter De Maria

Any good work of art should have at least ten meanings.
—Walter De Maria

Walter De Maria was one of the leading protagonists of the 1960s and 1970s American art scene and a key figure of the Earthworks movement.  He worked in genres such as Land art, Conceptual Art and Minimal art.  He studied music and performed as a percussionist in jazz and as a drummer for the rock group The Primitives, which later evolved into The Velvet Underground.  Perhaps best known for large-scale outdoor works that often involved simple ideas rendered in grand ways: his Earth Room in New York City, and The Lightning Field in New Mexico are two well known examples.

Walter De Maria, The New York Earth Room, 1977.  Via Dia Art Foundation ©Walter De Maria

Walter De Maria,  The New York Earth Room, 1977 Installation View. Via Surround ©Walter De Maria

Walter De Maria, The New York Earth Room, 1977. Via Gagosian ©Walter De Maria

Walter De Maria, The Lighting Field, 1977, Photo by John Cliett Via Gagosian ©Walter De Maria

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Walter De Maria, Lightning Field, 1977,  Photo by John Cliett ©Walter De Maria

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Walter De Maria, Beds of Spikes, 1968–1969,  Via Kunstmuseum Basel ©Walter De Maria

Walter De Maria, Original spike from the first Bed of Spikes, 1968 ©Walter De Maria

Walter De Maria, The 2000 Sculpture, 1992.  Via LACMA ©Walter De Maria

Walter De Maria, The 2000 Sculpture, 1992, Details  ©Walter De Maria

Walter de Maria,  The Broken Kilometer, 1979 Via Dia Art Foundation  ©Walter De Maria

Walter De Maria, One Mile Long Drawing, 1968, De Maria drew two parallel lines of chalk across the floor of the Mojave desert. Eeach stretched a mile.  @ Walter De Maria

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Walter De Maria, Art by Telephone, 1967. @ Walter De Maria

Walter De Maria, Time/Timeless/No Time by Schneckenhausmann

Walter De Maria, Time/Timeless/No Time, 2004, in situ at the Chichu Art Museum. Photo by Schneckenhausmann @ Walter De Maria

Walter De Maria, Exhibition view. Courtesy of Gagosian Gallery

Walter De Maria, Truth/Beauty Series, 1993-2016, Via Gagosian

Walter De Maria, Exhibition view. Courtesy of Gagosian Gallery

Walter De Maria, Truth/Beauty Series, 1993-2016, Detail Via Gagosian 



Yves Klein – Blue Abstraction

“I had left the visible, physical blue at the door, outside, in the street. The real blue was inside, the blue of the profundity of space, the blue of my kingdom, of our kingdom!  “– Yves Klein

Yves Klein was the most influential and controversial French artist to emerge in the 1950s. A founding member of the Nouveau Realisme movement in France, he was also a pioneer in Performance Art and installations, as well as a forerunner of Body Art, and Conceptual Art.

Perhaps Klein was remembered above all for his exclusive use of a single color, the rich shade of ultramarine that he made his own: International Klein Blue (IKB).

Yves Klein, Untitled blue monochrome (IKB 82), 1959. Dry pigment in synthetic resin on canvas, mounted on board, 36 1/4 x 28 1/4 inches (92.1 x 71.8 cm)

IKB 191, 1962

Klein considered that this colour had a quality close to pure space and he associated it with immaterial values beyond what can be seen or touched.

L’accord bleu (RE10), 1960

IKB untitled 

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blue vessel. Yves Klein (1928-1962) is perhaps best remembered as a painter of blue monochrome paintings. More specifically, he is known for the particular shade of blue paint employed in his paintings and sculptures, the trademarked International Klein Blue (IKB).:

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Lawrence Weiner

Lawrence Weiner (American, b. 1942) is a central figure of Post-Minimalism conceptual art, a movement that emphasizes the artist’s idea as the work of art over its material and aesthetic existence as an object. Though he is perhaps best-known for typographic wall installations, which he has produced since the 1970s, Weiner’s oeuvre encompasses many media, including sculpture, performance art and video art.

Cycle of Ten Wall Text Works by Lawrence Weiner, 1988 © Lawrence Weiner

1988 © Lawrence Weiner

Shot To Hell, 1996 © Lawrence Weiner

Without A Structure 2009 at Micheline Szwajcer © Lawrence Weiner



Poised Between Dissolution & Resolution At the Present Time,2007 © Lawrence Weiner

Lo and Behold: Pearls and Pigs, 2006 © Lawrence Weiner

In Direct Line With Another & The Next, 2000. © Lawrence Weiner


Lawrence Weiner’s exhibition named “With a Realm of Distance” is now showing at Blenhaim Palace until 20th December 2015.



Put some “teeth” into it…

Fantich & Young, London based artist duo Mariana Fantich and Dominic Young, created a series of conceptual sculptures – “Apex Predator“,  set to address parallels between social evolution and evolution in the natural world. The original Apex Predator—described as predators with no predators of their own, residing at the top of the food chain.


Barker Oxford shoes inlaid with 1050 false teeth




Wild West Boots, dentures, spurs




Junior girls shoes, dentures.





Jimmi Choo Empire Shoes, 500 teeth dentures.



teeth, hair, bones

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Wearable Art by Atelier Ted Noten

Ted Noten is a Dutch jewellery designer and conceptual artist.  Best known for his intricately sculpted accessories, such as a pendent featuring a mouse wearing a small pearl necklace, and his acrylic handbags containing guns. Since 2005, Noten and his design team, Atelier Ted Noten has broadened their repertoire to include other design objects and art installations.

Turbo Princess

Turbo Princess, the conceptual piece Noten designed in 1995 –  a pendant featuring a mouse wearing a pearl necklace encased in acrylic. The piece gained him international notoriety and the iconic ‘Princess mouse has become a recurring theme in his work.

The physical impossibility of wealth in the mind of someone owning

Murdered Innocence attaché case

In 2012, Atelier Ted Noten introduced the ‘7 Necessities‘, a collection of essential items for the ‘Modern Woman’. In Noten’s own words: “What does every woman needs in a survival kit, under any imaginable circumstance, in order to ‘be her own man’ without forfeiting her femininity…”.

The 7 objects are crafted in a 3D printer in nylon and hand decorated with precious stones, silver and gold.

Trophy Helmet

Trophy Helmet: The rabbit fur-lined helmet contains tools for finding ‘eternal love’, which includes a radar device and a telescope.

Chastity Belt

Purse of Wonders

Interior of the Purse of Wonders

Purse of Wonders: A fold-out purse with whale sperm oil for anti-wrinkles, wedding rings, drug paraphernalia, and a crystal ball to predict the near future.

Dior 002 Gun

Inside view of Dior 002 Gun

Dior 002 Gun, The White Edition:  This handgun conceals a 4gb thumb drive for snapshots, personal data and corporate secrets; it also hides a Dior lip-gloss, a sparkling diamond, various white pills and other necessities any worldly woman would like to carry with her.


David Hammons

David Hammons is an American conceptual artist working in a variety of media including performance, installation, sculpture and printmaking. Beginning in the 1960s in Los Angeles, and then later in New York, Hammons set a compelling precedent for with his witty approach to infusing art into life and vice versa.

In the famous street performance Bliz-aard Ball Sale (1983). Hammons stood on the street alongside other vendors on Cooper Square, selling his neatly arranged rows of snowballs in different sizes (from XS-XL). In this iconic piece, Hammons draws attention to both the arbitrary nature of the art market and the precarious financial conditions of many working-class New Yorkers.