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 Abbaye de Créteil

Established in 1906, the Abbaye de Créteil was a group of French writers, artists and composers who were inspired by ...

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 Feminist art

Feminist art is art by artists made consciously in the light of developments in feminist art theory in the early ...

G Genres

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

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 Naturalism

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

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 Relational aesthetics

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

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 ...