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A Assemblage

Assemblage is art that is made by assembling disparate elements – often everyday objects – scavenged by the artist or ...

B Bricolage

Bricolage refers to the construction or creation of an artwork from any materials that come to hand

C Canvas

Canvas is a strong, woven cloth traditionally used by artists as a support (surface on which to paint)

D Deconstruction

Deconstruction is a form of criticism first used by French philosopher Jacques Derrida in the 1970s which asserts that there ...

E Experiments in Art and Technology (E.A.T.)

Experiments in Art and Technology (E.A.T.) was a collective formed in 1967 in New York to promote collaboration ...

F Fantastic realism

The term fantastic realism refers to the work of a group of painters working in the late 1950s in Vienna ...

G German expressionism

German expressionism was an early twentieth century German art movement that emphasized the artist's inner feelings or ideas over replicating ...

H Hackney Flashers

Hackney Flashers was a women’s arts collective active between 1974 and 1980. Most of the group were photographers and defined ...

I Installation art

The term installation art is used to describe large-scale, mixed-media constructions, often designed for a specific place or for a ...

J Japonisme

Japonisme is a French term coined in the late nineteenth century to describe the craze for Japanese art and design ...

K Kinaesthetic art

Kinaesthetic art is art that deals with the body in movement

L Landscape

Landscape is one of the principal types or genres of subject in Western art

M Mail art

Mail art is a movement based on the principle of sending small scale works through the postal service

N Nazarenes

The Nazarenes were a group of German artists founded in 1809. Their aim was to regenerate German painting by returning ...

O Outsider art

Outsider art is used to describe art that has a naïve quality, often produced by people who have not trained ...

P Papier collé

French term which translates as pasted paper, papier collé is a specific form of collage that is closer to drawing ...

R Rayonism

An early form of abstract art characterised by interacting linear forms derived from rays of light

S Secession

The breaking away of younger and more radical artists from an existing academy or art group to form a new ...

T Time-based media

Refers to art that is dependent on technology and has a durational dimension

U Useful Art Association

The Useful Art Association was started in New York by the Cuban artist Tania Bruguera and promotes the idea of ...

V Vitrine

A large, glass cabinet used for displaying art objects

W Wood engraving

A printmaking method distinct from woodcut in that the line is incised into the woodblock, rather than the background being ...

Y Young British Artists (YBAs)

The label Young British Artists (YBAs) is applied to a loose group of British artists who began to exhibit together ...

Z Zero

Group of artists who practised a form of kinetic art using light and motion

0–9 43 Group

43 Group was a modern art movement formed in Colombo, Ceylon (now Sri Lanka) in 1943 by a group of ...