Anti-art is the definition of a work which may be exhibited or delivered in a conventional context but makes fun of serious art or challenges the nature of art.

A work such as Marcel Duchamp's "Fountain" of 1917 is a prime example of anti-art. It is a Dadaist work of art. Much of Dadaism is associated with the quality of being anti-art. While the Dada movement "per se" was generally confined to Western Europe in the early 1900s, anti-art has a wider scope.

Since then various avant-garde art movements like punk and fluxus - and individuals, such as Henry Flynt - have developed elaborate positions on anti-art. The term is also used to describe other intentionally provocative art forms, such as nonsense verse.

ee also

*Appropriation (art)
*Art intervention
*Classificatory disputes about art
*Conceptual art
*Found art
*Modern art
*Neo-conceptual art
*Performance art
*Street installations
*Sound installation
*Sound art

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