Sam Francis

Untitled, 1984

106.7 X 73 inch

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What is wax?

What is wax?

Wax is a solid material derived from plant, animal and petroleum sources. Wax can help paints to resist wear. It is used to make sculptures, wax crayons, colored pencils, and for encaustic painting; where colored beeswax shaped with special tools makes raised surfaces.

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Xiamen Dada

Xiamen Dada was a Chinese artist group from Xiamen city, on China’s southeast coast. The group, coming to prominence in the 1980s, explored the relationship between Chan Buddhism and European dada, embracing the absurd while using chance to determine the artworks made.

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.

Readymade

Readymade is the term Marcel Duchamp used to describe his artworks made from objects which were manufactured. The French artist first used the term, and artists who work similarly now use it. Duchamp chose functional objects which he felt had visual indifference.

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