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Alfonso Ossorio

Alfonso Ossorio  

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(1916–90).Painter, assemblage artist, printmaker, and collector. An idiosyncratic artist with roots in surrealism, he contributed to abstract expressionism in the 1950s. Later, he concentrated on ...
Allan Kaprow

Allan Kaprow  

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(b Atlantic City, NJ, 23 Aug. 1927; d Encinitas, California, 5 Apr. 2006).American artist and art theorist, best known as the main creator of happenings. His studies included a period with the ...
Arman

Arman  

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(b Nice, 17 Nov. 1928; d New York, 22 Oct. 2005).French-born artist who became an American citizen in 1972. In 1957, with his friend Yves Klein, he decided to be known by his first name only, and the ...
Arthur Dove

Arthur Dove  

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(b Canandaigua, NY, 2 Aug. 1880; d Huntington, Long Island, NY, 23 Nov. 1946).American painter, a pioneer of abstract art. For most of his career he earned his living as a commercial illustrator and ...
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The Grove Encyclopedia of American Art

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2011
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Term that typically refers to sculpture made through the additive combination of found objects and materials. It was first coined

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The Oxford Dictionary of Art (3 ed.)

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2004
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Term coined by Jean Dubuffet in 1953 to describe a type of work made from fragments of natural or preformed materials, such as household debris. Some critics maintain that the term should ... More
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The Oxford Companion to Western Art

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2003
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241 words

Though applicable as a term to a wide variety of artistic objects, this is essentially a development and extension of

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The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Art Terms (2 ed.)

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2010
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Art produced by the assembling of disparate elements, often scavenged or bought by the artist. The practice dates back to Picasso's ...

Boris Margo

Boris Margo  

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(1902–95).Painter, printmaker, and sculptor. Associated with a theatrical form of surrealism during the 1930s, he later contributed to abstract expressionism. Born in Volochisk, Russia (now Ukraine), ...
Chicago imagism

Chicago imagism  

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Term applied to Chicago's varied expressionist and/or surrealist figurative art of the 1950s to 1970s. Like California funk art, imagism represented an alternative to mainstream modernism, ...
collage

collage  

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(Fr., coller: ‘to gum’).A term applied to a type of picture (and also to the technique used in creating such pictures) in which photographs, news cuttings, and other suitable objects are pasted on to ...
Cy Twombly

Cy Twombly  

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(b Lexington, Va., 25 Apr. 1928; d Rome, 5 July 2011).American abstract painter and draughtsman. His distinctive style is characterized by apparently random scrawls and scribbles on white or black ...
David Smith

David Smith  

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(1906–65).Sculptor, painter, draftsman, and photographer. Among the most significant American sculptors of the twentieth century, he ranked as the first to grasp the potential of welded metal as a ...
Edward Kienholz

Edward Kienholz  

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(b Fairfield, Wash., 23 Oct. 1927; d Hope, Ida., 10 June 1994).American sculptor specializing in life-size tableaux. Typically he created situations of a bizarre and gruesome character in which death ...
Elsie Driggs

Elsie Driggs  

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(1898–1992).Painter and assemblage artist. Although noted in the late 1920s as a rising young artist and contributor to precisionism, following her one-person show in 1930 she did not have another ...
Fluxus

Fluxus  

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A loosely organized international group of avant-garde artists set up in Germany in 1962 and flourishing until the early 1970s. There was no common stylistic identity among the members, but they ...
Funk art

Funk art  

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Term applied to a type of art that originated in California (specifically the San Francisco area) around 1960 in which tatty or sick subjects—often pornographic or scatological—are treated in a ...
George Segal

George Segal  

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(b New York, 26 Nov. 1924; d South Brunswick, NJ, 10 June 2000).American sculptor. His career was slow to mature. He studied at various art colleges and took a degree in art education at New York ...
happening

happening  

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A form of entertainment, often carefully planned but usually including some degree of spontaneity, in which an artist performs or directs an event combining elements of theatre and the visual arts. ...
installation

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A term that can be applied very generally to the disposition of objects in an exhibition (the hanging of paintings, the arrangement of sculptures, and so on), but which also has the more specific ...

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