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Anti-art

Anti-art is a term used to describe art that challenges the existing accepted definitions of art

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Anti-form

Anti-form is a term associated with a group of artists working in the United States in the late 1960s who …

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Appropriation

Appropriation in art and art history refers to the practice of artists using pre-existing objects or images in their art …

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Aquatint

Aquatint is a printmaking technique that produces tonal effects by using acid to eat into the printing plate creating sunken …

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Arab Image Foundation (AIF)

The Arab Image Foundation (AIF) is a not-for-profit organisation established in Beirut in 1997 to preserve, exhibit and study photographs …

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Archive

An archive is a collection of records, preserved and made available for research

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Art & Language

Art & Language is a pioneering English conceptual art group founded in 1968, that questioned the critical assumptions of mainstream …

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Art autre

Also known as art informel, art autre translates as 'art of another kind' and was used to describe the dominant …

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Art brut

Art brut is a French term that translates as 'raw art', invented by the French artist Jean Dubuffet to describe …

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Art deco

Art deco is a design style from the 1920s and 1930s in furniture, decorative arts and architecture characterised by its …

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Art informel

Art informel is a French term describing a swathe of approaches to abstract painting in the 1940s and 1950s which …

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Art intervention

The term art intervention applies to art designed specifically to interact with an existing structure or situation, be it another …

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Art nouveau

Art nouveau is an international style in architecture and design that emerged in the 1890s and is characterised by sinuous …

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Art Workers' Coalition (AWC)

The Art Workers' Coalition (AWC) was a group of activists who came together in New York in 1969 to promote …

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Arte de los medios de comunicación de masas (art of the mass media)

Arte de los medios de comunicación de masas (art of the mass media) was an experimental arts group formed in …

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Arte Madí

Arte Madí was an artistic group formed in Buenos Aires in 1944 devoted to pure geometric abstraction

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Arte nucleare

Arte nucleare was an artist group founded in Milan in 1951 whose aim was to make art in response to …

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Arte povera

Arte povera was a radical Italian art movement from the late 1960s to 1970s whose artists explored a range of …

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Artist-curator

An artist-curator is a practising artist who also curates shows or runs not-for-profit spaces from which they exhibit their art …

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Artist Placement Group

The Artist Placement Group was founded in 1966 with the aim of placing artists in government, commercial and industrial organisations

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Artists International Association

Artists International Association was an exhibiting society founded in London in 1933, which held exhibitions and events to promote and …

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Arts and Crafts

Arts and Crafts was a design movement initiated by William Morris in 1861 which aimed to improve the quality of …

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Ashcan School

Ashcan School was a group of North American artists who used realist techniques to depict social deprivation and injustice in …

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Asociación Arte Concreto-Invención (Concrete-Invention Art Association)

Founded by Tomás Maldonado in 1944, the Asociación Arte Concreto-Invención (Concrete-Invention Art Association) was one of two artistic groups formed …

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Assemblage

Assemblage is art that is made by assembling disparate elements – often everyday objects – scavenged by the artist or …

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Atelier

Atelier is a French word that translates literally as studio or workshop and is often used to denote a group …

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Attribute

Attribute has different meanings as a noun and a verb: An attribute (noun) in art is an object or animal …

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Aura

Aura is a quality integral to an artwork that cannot be communicated through mechanical reproduction techniques – such as photography

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Authenticity

Authenticity is a term used by philosopher and critic Walter Benjamin to describe the qualities of an original work of …

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Auto-destructive art

Auto-destructive art is a term invented by the artist Gustav Metzger in the early 1960s to describe radical artworks made …