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Arte Povera

Arte Povera  

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An artistic movement that originated in Italy in the 1960s, combining aspects of conceptual, minimalist, and performance art, and making use of worthless or common materials such as earth or ...
Conceptual art

Conceptual art  

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A type of art in which the idea or ideas that a work represents are considered its essential component and the finished ‘product’, if it exists at all, is regarded primarily as a form of ...
contemporary art

contemporary art  

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A term loosely used to describe art that is of the moment or the very recent past, in distinction to modern art, which is a more all-embracing term and can be used to cover many of the avant-garde ...
Dan Flavin

Dan Flavin  

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(1933–96).Sculptor and installation artist. A leading artist associated with minimalism, he specialized in spare arrangements of colored fluorescent lights, achieving subtle yet magisterial ...
Dan Perjovschi

Dan Perjovschi  

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(1961– )Romanian cartoonist, born in Sibiu. He began making his drawings for 22, a satirical magazine launched after the fall of the dictator Nicolae Ceauşescu in 1989. The drawings have reached an ...
Daniel Buren

Daniel Buren  

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(1938– )French painter and installation artist. He was born in Boulogne-Billancourt and studied in Paris at the École Nationale Supérieure des Métiers d'Art, 1956–60. In 1965 he began painting with ...
David Hammons

David Hammons  

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(1943– )American sculptor and installation artist, born in Springfield, Ohio. In 1974 he moved to New York, where he has subsequently lived and worked. His work addresses issues of Afro-American ...
Dennis Oppenheim

Dennis Oppenheim  

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(1938–2011)American artist, born in Electric City, Washington. His work spanned Land art, Performance, Body art, installation, and sculpture but was rooted in the questioning of the traditional art ...
Derek Boshier

Derek Boshier  

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(b Portsmouth, 19 June 1937).British painter, sculptor, designer, and experimental artist. He was one of the Royal College of Art students who put British Pop art on the map ...
Doris Salcedo

Doris Salcedo  

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(1958– )Colombian sculptor and installation artist, born in Bogotá where she lives and works. Her art reflects the political climate of her country, which has been ravaged by civil war. The violence ...
Dorothea Rockburne

Dorothea Rockburne  

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(1934– ).Painter, printmaker, and installation artist. Known particularly for conceptually based, often spatially complex, geometric compositions from the 1970s and 1980s, she employed mathematical ...
Ed Ruscha

Ed Ruscha  

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(1937– ).Painter, draftsman, photographer, and printmaker. Since the 1970s a central contributor to recent interest in relationships between art, language, and meaning, he came to attention in the ...
El Lissitzky

El Lissitzky  

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(1890–1941)Russian architect and writer. See theories of architecture (1880–2000).
Environment art

Environment art  

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A type of art, which began to establish itself in the 1960s, in which the artist creates a three-dimensional space to enclose the spectator and involve him in a whole range of sensory ...
experimental art

experimental art  

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An imprecise term which has sometimes been applied to art that is concerned with exploring new ideas and/or technology. It is sometimes used virtually synonymously with *‘avant‐garde’, but ...
feminist art

feminist art  

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The production of overtly feminist artworks dates from the late 1960s onwards. It involved a whole range of issues including a re-examination of history from a feminist viewpoint, a reversal of the ...
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 ...
Forced Entertainment Theatre Company

Forced Entertainment Theatre Company  

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Founded in 1984 and based in Sheffield, England, the group defines itself through the mythologies of popular culture by highlighting the contradictions that exist in the codes of social discourse. ...
Gabriel Orozco

Gabriel Orozco  

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(1962– )Mexican artist, born in Jalaga. His work combines elements of performance, sculpture, drawing, and installation, and is rooted in paradox, games play, and the unexpected. Sometimes he seems ...
Gordon Matta-Clark

Gordon Matta-Clark  

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(1943–78)American environmental artist, born in New York, the son of Roberto Matta. He studied architecture at Cornell University. In 1969 he met Robert Smithson, whom he assisted, and Matta-Clark's ...

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