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 ...

Browse 463 Art Terms

A Angry Penguins

Angry Penguins was a modernist literary and artistic movement that sought to shake up the entrenched cultural establishment of Australia ...

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 Canvas

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

D Der Blaue Reiter

Der Blaue Reiter was a German expressionist group originating in Munich in 1909

E Electronic media

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

F Found object

A found object is a natural or man-made object, or fragment of an object, that is found (or sometimes bought ...

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 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 Naturalism

Naturalism was a broad movement in the nineteenth century which represented things closer to the way we see them

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 Pendant

A pendant picture is one of two pictures designed to hang together as a matching pair

R Relational aesthetics

Term created by curator Nicholas Bourriaud in the 1990s to describe the tendency to make art based on, or inspired ...

S School of Altamira

Avant-garde art school (Academia Altamira) in Buenos Aires, Argentina, founded in 1946 with the aim of promoting the idea that ...

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 ...