Neo-Conceptualism refers to art produced during the 1980s and 1990s, which followed the conceptual art produced during the previous two decades. This term does not refer to one coherent group of artists or style, but rather encompasses various groups of the period. These groups include the Young British Artists, such as Sarah Lucas and Damien Hirst, American artists such as Sherrie Levine, Cindy Sherman and Barbara Kruger, and the Moscow Conceptualists. Some of the main characteristics of Neo-Conceptualist artists' work are social and political critique, anti-capitalism, and the anti-commodification of art, often approached using the techniques of appropriation and imitation. For example, many female artists associated with Neo-Conceptualism appropriated elements of visual culture in order to critique both society and the male-dominated art world. 

Many Neo-Conceptualist artists that were important figures of the movement during the 80s and 90s are still active today, and their work has gone on to inspire new generations of artists. Appropriation, pastiche, installation, the use of everyday objects and digital technology are all elements still largely present in the world of contemporary art. At Artsper, we have curated a selection of artists influenced by Neo-Conceptualism. Join us today and discover contemporary artists from Tracey Emin to Philippe Huart!

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