Sam Francis

Untitled, 1984

106.7 X 73 inch

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What is a conversation piece?

What is a conversation piece?

An object whose unusual quality makes it a topic of conversation.

CoBrA

CoBrA stands for Copenhagen, Brussels and Amsterdam; this group was formed with a desire to break away from the then existing movements. The Western society criticisms made it experimentally evolve to become a reputable international movement. CoBrA was started by Karel Appel, Joseph Noiret, Corneille, Christian Dotremont, Constant and Asger Jorn on November 8th 1948 at Notre Dame Cafe, Paris where its manifesto was signed. Their unifying factor was the need for freedom of both form and color and their working was based on experiment and spontaneity.

New Topographics

New Topographics is the term created in 1975 by William Jenkins to describe photographers whose work was mostly formal black and white images of urban landscapes. He felt their aesthetic was banal, but the photographers felt their compositions were as important as natural landscapes.

Body Art

It is made on/with human body. Body piercings and tattoos are the common body arts. However, there are other types that include branding, scarification, scalping, body painting, full tattoo on the body, shaping and sub-dermal implants. Body art also refers to a sub category of performance arts.

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