Joseph Nathan Cohen

Department of Sociology, CUNY Queens College, New York, NY

Conceptual Art

Generating images in the style of Conceptual art.

This post is an installment in the Generative AI Art Style series, a practical knowledge project designed to help content creators fine-tune the aesthetics of their generated images by references to and descriptions of popular art styles.  Click here to read more on the project.

 This page depicts the results of mentioning Conceptual art in your prompt. Click here to learn about this project

Click here for this visual art style’s Wikipedia page

Generated Thick Descriptor (via Chat-GPT 4): Conceptual art prioritizes ideas over traditional aesthetic, technical, or material concerns. Visual elements can be varied, as the concept itself takes center stage. Some distinctive features are the use of text, documentation of ideas, and an indifference to the physical form of the work. To make art in this style, contemplate a concept, then document or convey this concept through any medium, with the execution secondary to the concept.

Human Observation.  These prompts seemed to fail.  Except perhaps the featured image of the woman, it is hard to see these images as pertaining to conceptual art.  This is likely in part due to poor generated descriptors, but I have difficulty imagining how this prompt could be constructed to have it generate this kind of art under these circumstances.

The table below depicts New York City’s Times Square and Northern Ontario’s Lake Kenogamissi. The left column shows the results of a “thin” prompt, in which the style was requested in name only. The right column shows the results of a “thick” prompt, in which the generated prompt was used.

Times Square

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These images show what Generative AI renders when one requests that an image be rendered in well-known art styles. This series does not purport to describe major art styles as understood in the art scholarship community. If you have expertise in art and want to explain why these images do or do not capture the essence of these fields, then please do so in the comments section below.