What is a medium in art?
Medium is a term which refers to the type of art created and describes the materials which are used to make the artwork. Some examples of medium describing types of art include painting, printmaking and sculpture. Some materials could be oils, acrylics, inks and clay.
- Show All
Cynical realism is the term first used in 1992 by art critic Li Xianting to describe the Beijing artist group which painted satirical social realist paintings. The group sought to depict the psychological turmoil experienced when China was struggling with new political ideology.
Sometimes known as Figurativism. It particularly describes sculptures and paintings clearly or specifically derived from sources of real objects hence they are representational as the name suggests "figurative art". This term is often used as a contrast for abstract art. However, since the coming of abstract art, this term has been used to mean any form of modern art with strong references to the actual/real world situation.