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Installation art is a genre of western contemporary art which came to prominence in the 1970s. Installation art incorporates any media to create a visceral and/or conceptual experience in a particular environment. Installation artists often use the space of the gallery directly. Many trace the roots of this form of art to earlier artists such as Marcel Duchamp and the use of readymade objects rather than more traditional craft based sculpture. The intention of the artist is paramount in most installation art due to its roots in the conceptual art of the 1960's. This again is a departure from traditional sculpture which places its focus on form.
Some installations are site specific art; they can only exist in the space for which they were created.
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