Eight Essentials to Know About Pierre Bonnard

Learn everything you need to know about this French painter


Ten Things to Learn About 100 Years of Dorothea Tanning

Discover the life and work of an artist who pushed the boundaries of surrealism


Introducing Kiluanji Kia Henda

Meet the Angolan artist working with photography, video and performance

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Art Terms

Find definitions of over 400 terms, including art movements, styles and techniques

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Surrealism was a movement which began in the 1920s of writers and artists (including Salvador Dalí and René Magritte), who experimented with ways of unleashing the subconscious

Identity politics

Identity politics is the term used to describe an anti-authoritarian political and cultural movement that gained prominence in the USA and Europe in the mid-1980s, asking questions about identity, repression, inequality and injustice and often focusing on the experience of marginalised groups


Impressionism developed in France in the nineteenth century and is based on the practice of painting out of doors and spontaneously ‘on the spot’ rather than in a studio from sketches. Main impressionist subjects were landscapes and scenes of everyday life


The Pre-Raphaelites were a secret society of young artists (and one writer), founded in London in 1848. They were opposed to the Royal Academy’s promotion of the ideal as exemplified in the work of Raphael


Allegory in art is when the subject of the artwork, or the various elements that form the composition, is used to symbolize a deeper moral or spiritual meaning such as life, death, love, virtue, justice etc.


Three-dimensional art made by one of four basic processes: carving, modelling, casting, constructing

Memento mori

A memento mori is an artwork designed to remind the viewer of their mortality and of the shortness and fragility of human life

Pop art

Pop art is an art movement that emerged in the 1950s and flourished in the 1960s in America and Britain, drawing inspiration from sources in popular and commercial culture such as advertising, Hollywood movies and pop music. Key pop artists include Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Richard Hamilton, Peter Blake and David Hockney


Afrofuturism is a cultural aesthetic that combines science-fiction, history and fantasy to explore the African-American experience and aims to connect those from the black diaspora with their forgotten African ancestry


Collage describes both the technique and the resulting work of art in which pieces of paper, photographs, fabric and other ephemera are arranged and stuck down onto a supporting surface

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Roger Ballen: 'A good picture comes from nowhere'

The American artist is known for is stark black and white photographs

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Why I Love: Jenny Holzer's Inflammatory Essays

Hear our staff talk about their favourite artworks


Lubaina Himid in Conversation

Watch Lubaina Himid in conversation with Tate Director Maria Balshaw


Alexis Hunter: 'We knew we were making history'

Discover the feminist artist Alexis Hunter

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The art of social change

Can art be a tool for good? Where do art and social action converge?

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Colour and Shape

How is colour and shape used to create art? Discover colourful artworks and fun activities to use in your classroom


Artist Meets: BBZ x Abondance Matanda

Hear BBZ, a collective for queer people of colour, in discussion with the up and comer they most admire

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Anni Albers: Weaving Magic

Briony Fer

As a student at the Bauhaus in Germany in the early 1920s, Anni Albers found artistic freedom in the weaving ...

Tate Papers

Painting the Global History of Art: Hale Woodruff’s The Art of the Negro

Christian Kravagna

This paper shows how African American artist Hale Woodruff’s 1950–1 mural cycle The Art of the Negro depicts a transcultural ...

Tate Etc

Portfolio: Rotimi Fani-Kayode – Desire In Exile

Mark Sealy

Rotimi Fani-Kayode arrived in Brighton aged 11 in 1966, having fled Nigeria’s civil war. After coming out as gay, he ...