Sam Francis

Untitled, 1984

106.7 X 73 inch

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What are found objects?

What are found objects?

Found objects, objet trouvé in French, are items which an artist finds and incorporates within a work of art. Collectors have been displaying aesthetic objects in collections for centuries. But modern art uses objects with non-art functions, such as recycled or repurposed materials.

Artwork by Marcel Duchamp
Art Informel

Art informel refers to gestural techniques and improvisatory methods common to abstract painting during the 1940s and 50s. It is a French term for the many styles that dominated these decades. Artists use this term because these styles were based on primarily informal techniques.

Contemporary art from India

Contemporary art from India dates from 1985 to the present. In India, this period is called the post-liberalization era, and includes artists who feel the freedom to work independent of traditional Hindu or social traditions for artworks, and use distinctly Indian materials and objects.

Futurism

Futurism was an early twentieth century art movement seeking to capture the energy of the modern world. Italian Filippo Tommaso Marinetti published his Manifesto of Futurism on February 20, 1909, launching the modernist movement. It denounced the past, and embraced technology and industry.

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