Art Term

Environments

An alternative term for installation art; environments are mixed-media constructions or assemblages usually designed for a specific place and for a temporary period of time

Gustav Metzger, ‘Liquid Crystal Environment’ 1965, remade 2005
Gustav Metzger
Liquid Crystal Environment 1965, remade 2005
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© Gustav Metzger

The term environments was first used by artist Allan Kaprow in 1958 to describe his own large-scale artworks which transformed interior spaces.

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