Content

Content generally refers to the subject matter, meaning or significance of a work of art, as opposed to its form (size, shape, medium etc affecting what it looks like)

Georges Braque, ‘Glass on a Table’ 1909–10
Georges Braque
Glass on a Table 1909–10
Tate
© ADAGP, Paris and DACS, London 2018
John Latham, ‘God is Great (no. 2)’ 1991
John Latham
God is Great (no. 2) 1991
Tate
© John Latham Estate, courtesy Lisson Gallery, London
Bart van der Leck, ‘Composition’ 1918
Bart van der Leck
Composition 1918
Tate
© DACS, 2018

In modern art the dramatic succession of innovations in form from impressionism onwards have meant that discussion of this has often taken precedence over that of content. In the 1960s and early 1970s the particularly radical flight from traditional forms of art that resulted in what became known as conceptual art, gave rise to work in which form and content were fused in a new way.

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