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Abbaye de Créteil

Established in 1906, the Abbaye de Créteil was a group of French writers, artists and composers who were inspired by ...

Abject art

Abject art is used to describe artworks which explore themes that transgress and threaten our sense of cleanliness and propriety ...

Abstract art

Abstract art is art that does not attempt to represent an accurate depiction of a visual reality but instead use ...

Abstract expressionism

Abstract expressionism is the term applied to new forms of abstract art developed by American painters such as Jackson Pollock ...

Abstraction-Création

Abstraction-Création was an association of abstract artists set up in Paris in 1931 with the aim of promoting abstract art ...

Académie Colarossi

The Académie Colarossi was an art school in Paris, France, established in the nineteenth century as an alternative to the ...

Académie Julian

The Académie Julian was a major alternative school to the official Ecole des Beaux Arts, especially for women who were ...

Academy

Established during the Renaissance and widespread by the seventeenth century, academies were artist-run organisations whose aim was to improve the ...

Acrylic paint

Acrylic paint is water-based fast-drying paint widely used by artists since the 1960s. It can be used thickly or thinly ...

Action painters

The term action painters is applied to artists working from the 1940s until the early 1960s whose approach to painting ...

Actionism

Actionism is the English version of the general German term for performance art, specifically used for Vienna-based group Wiener Aktionismus ...

Activist art

Activist art is a term used to describe art that is grounded in the act of ‘doing’ and addresses political ...

Aesthetic movement

The aesthetic movement was a late nineteenth century movement that championed pure beauty and ‘art for art’s sake’ emphasising the ...

Aesthetics

Aesthetics is the branch of philosophy that is concerned with the nature of beauty and taste

Afrapix

Afrapix was a photographers' collective and agency founded in South Africa in 1982 which encouraged its members to use photography ...

AfriCOBRA

AfriCOBRA was a Chicago-based group of black artists whose shared aim was to develop their own aesthetic in the visual ...

Afrofuturism

Afrofuturism is a cultural aesthetic that combines science-fiction, history and fantasy to explore the African-American experience and aims to connect ...

Agit-prop

Agit-prop is an enterprise set up by the Soviet Communist Party in 1920 intended to control and promote the ...

Airbrushing

Airbrushing is a painting technique which uses an airbrush to give an even and consistent surface, often used to create ...

AkhRR

The Association of Artists of Revolutionary Russia (AkhRR), founded in Moscow in 1922, depicted everyday life among the working people ...

Alabaster

Alabaster is a soft white or translucent stone, it is a fine-grained marble-like variety of gypsum

Albumen print

Invented in 1850, and commonly used in the late nineteenth century, the albumen print is a type of photographic print ...

Allegory

Allegory in art is when the subject of the artwork, or the various elements that form the composition, is used ...

Altermodern

Altermodern is a term coined by curator Nicolas Bourriaud in 2009, to describe art made as a reaction against standardisation ...

American Abstract Artists (AAA)

American Abstract Artists (AAA) is an organisation founded in 1936 to promote the appreciation of abstract art in the United ...

American social realist photography

American social realist photography refers to photographs that documented rural poverty during America’s Great Depression of the 1930s and 1940s

Analytical cubism

The term analytical cubism describes the early phase of cubism, generally considered to run from 1908–12, characterised by a fragmentary ...

Angry Penguins

Angry Penguins was a modernist literary and artistic movement that sought to shake up the entrenched cultural establishment of Australia ...

Animation

Animation is the rapid display of sequences of static imagery in such a way as to create the illusion of ...

Anthropophagia

Meaning cannibalism, anthropophagia as an art term is associated with the 1960s Brazilian art movement Tropicália whose work, although being ...