Sam Francis

Untitled, 1984

106.7 X 73 inch

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what is a watermark?

what is a watermark?

Watermark is the term used to describe an image in a sheet of paper. In the art of paper-making, each papermaker includes a faint trademark, which is easily seen when holding the paper up to a light source, which makes the mark clearly visible.

Avant-garde

Unusual and experimental ideas in arts or on the side of people introducing the ideas. The ideas push the boundaries or limits of what is accepted as the status quo or norm in the realm of culture. The movement is liked by artists and many of them continue doing it tracing Dada's history through situationists all the way to the post modern artists.

Cynical Realism

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.

Kinetic art

International movement referring to both apparent and real motion of art created in the 1920s and 1960s. It is explained as art emerging from any medium containing some movement that depends on motion for effect or can be perceived by the viewer. Canvas paintings are some of the notable and earliest examples of this art type. Speaking pertinently, kinetic art today refers to 3 dimensional figures and sculptures such as those operated by machines or those that move naturally. It encompasses a variety of styles and techniques that overlap.

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