Featured Art Terms

  • Performance art

    Artworks that are created through actions performed by the artist or other participants, which may be live or recorded, spontaneous …

  • Pre-Raphaelite

    The Pre-Raphaelites were a secret society of young artists (and one writer), founded in London in 1848. They were opposed …

  • Impressionism

    Impressionism developed in France in the nineteenth century and is based on the practice of painting out of doors and …

  • Land art

    Land art or earth art is art that is made directly in the landscape, sculpting the land itself into earthworks …

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A Airbrushing

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

B British impressionism

British impressionism describes the work of artists working in Britain in the late nineteenth-century who were influenced by the ideas …

C Conceptual art

Conceptual art is art for which the idea (or concept) behind the work is more important than the finished art …

D Deconstruction

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

E Electronic media

The most common examples of electronic media are video recordings, audio recordings, slide presentations, CD-ROM and online content

F Fancy picture

Fancy picture refers to a type of eighteenth century painting that depict scenes of everyday life but with elements of …

G Genres

Genres are types of painting. These were codified in the seventeenth century as (in descending order of importance) history, portrait, …

H Hi-Red Center

Hi-Red Center was a short-lived radical art collective that emerged in post-war Japan and was active between 1963 and 1964

I Il Novecento Italiano

Il Novecento Italiano was an Italian group formed in 1922 with the aim of reviving the tradition of large format …

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 Land art

Land art or earth art is art that is made directly in the landscape, sculpting the land itself into earthworks …

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 Objective abstraction

The term objective abstraction refers to a non-geometric style of abstract art developed by a group of British artists in …

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 Sculpture

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

T Tone

The lightness or darkness of something – this could be a shade, or how dark or light a colour appears

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 …