Definitions for terms beginning with the letter T

Bill Viola, 'Nantes Triptych' 1992

A triptych is an artwork in three panels

Bill Viola
Nantes Triptych 1992
Video and mixed media
duration: 29 min., 46 sec.
Purchased with assistance from the Patrons of New Art through the Tate Gallery Foundation and from the Art Fund 1994© Bill Viola Studio

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Tate glossary definition for tableau: A painting in which characters are arranged for picturesque or dramatic effect and appear absorbed and completely unaware of the existence of the viewer
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Tate glossary definition for tachisme: Term used to describe the non-geometric abstract art that developed in Europe in the 1940s and 1950s characterized by spontaneous brushwork, drips and scribble-type marks
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Tate glossary definition for tactical media: Refers to a re-awakening of social, political and media activism brought on by access to cheap forms of communication, in particular, the Internet
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Tate glossary definition for Taller Gráfica Popular: An artist’s print collective founded in Mexico in 1937 which, fuelled by post-revolutionary idealism, fought for their own culture against the dominance of the European avant-garde in art
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Tate glossary definition for telematic art: Interactive art that uses the internet and other digital means of communication, like email and mobile phones
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Tate glossary definition for tempera: The technique of painting with pigments bound in a water-soluble emulsion, such as water and egg yolk, or an oil-in-water emulsion such as oil and a whole egg
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Tate glossary definition for The Ancients: Group of artists who formed around the visionary artist and poet William Blake in the last years before his death in 1827
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Tate glossary definition for The Clique: Informal society formed in around 1837 by a group of friends while they were students at the Royal Academy Schools in London
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Tate glossary definition for The Photo-Secession: Group of American photographers who believed that photography was a fine art
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Tate glossary definition for time-based media: Refers to art that is dependent on technology and has a durational dimension
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Tate glossary definition for tondo: A circular painting or relief sculpture
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Tate glossary definition for tone: The lightness or darkness of something – this could be a shade, or how dark or light a colour appears
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Tate glossary definition for Transavanguardia: Italian neo-expressionist group formed in the late 1970s
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Tate glossary definition for triennial: A large-scale contemporary art exhibition that occurs every three years
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Tate glossary definition for triptych: An artwork in three panels
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Tate glossary definition for trompe l'oeil: French phrase meaning ‘deceives the eye’ used to describe paintings that create the illusion of a real object or scene
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Tate glossary definition for Tropicália: The name used for an explosion of cultural creativity in Rio de Janerio and São Paulo in 1968 as Brazil’s military regime tightened its grip on power.
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Tate glossary definition for Tucuman Arde (Tucuman is Burning): An exhibition held in Buenos Aires and Rosario in 1968 that sought to highlight the terrible working and living conditions in the industrial city of Tucuman, in north-west Argentina
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Tate glossary definition for Tudor: Family name of the dynasty who ruled Britain from 1485 to 1603
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Tate glossary definition for the uncanny: A Freudian concept which describes the strange and anxious feeling individuals might sometimes experience with familiar objects
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