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 Autograph ABP

Autograph ABP are an influential photography collective set up in 1988 to support photographers from racial minorities, and also to ...

B Bauhaus

Bauhaus was a revolutionary school of art, architecture and design established by Walter Gropius at Weimar in Germany in 1919

C Collage

Collage describes both the technique and the resulting work of art in which pieces of paper, photographs, fabric and other ...

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 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 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 Minjung art

Minjung art was a South Korean socio-political art movement that emerged in 1980 after the Gwangju Massacre, in which some ...

N Neue Wilde

The term Neue Wilde was used in Germany for neo-expressionism, a movement which saw the re-emergence of expressive painting in ...

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 PESTS

PESTS was an anonymous protest and pressure group of artists operating in New York in the 1980s who aimed to ...

R Relational aesthetics

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

S Stars group

Stars group were a short-lived avant-garde group of self-taught artists operating in Beijing between 1979 and 1983, staging outdoor exhibitions ...

T The Ancients

The Ancients were a group of artists who formed around the visionary artist and poet William Blake in the last ...

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 ...