Sam Francis

Untitled, 1984

106.7 X 73 inch

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What is Xiamen Dada?

What is 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.

Acrylic on paper

Acrylic on paper is a technique which uses acrylic paints on a wide variety of paper weights and textures. Artists may choose to use watercolor paper with smooth or rough surfaces. Using the acrylic paints with watercolor methods, such as bleeding, washing and spattering.

Drypoint

Printmaking technique belonging to Intaglio family, where an image is skillfully incised to a plate using a hard pointed object or "needle" of a sharp diamond or metal point. Copper was traditionally the plate but nowadays, zinc, plexiglas or acetate are commonly used. Like in etching, drypoint is a little bit easier for a drawing artist to master compared to engraving as the needle technique is closer to the use of a pencil than the burin in engraving.

Maquette

Maquette is the term used for a scale model of a sculpture which is not finished yet. It serves as a rough draft so that the artist can test ideas about the sculpture without spending the effort and cost to make the full-size sculpture.

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