This glossary explains some of the techniques, mediums, art movements, and other terms you’ll encounter on our website, along with links to examples in the collection.
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A designed experience in which a set of rules balances chance and/or the skill of other participants with a player’s decisions. A game model laid out by
Gelatin silver print (developing-out paper)
Formulated to react quickly when exposed to light, this paper contains silver halides in a gelatin binder. It is intended for handling in the controlled
Gelatin silver printing-out-paper print (POP)
A process common from 1860 to 1940, printing-out-paper (POP) uses strong levels of ultraviolet sunlight to bring out a visible image, rather than the chemical
A form of abstract art that combines geometric, “hard-edge,” or linear forms. When geometric shapes
Relating to methods of applying a medium, such as paint, to a surface, often with active or sweeping body movements.
A thin coat of transparent or translucent paint used to modify the tone of an underlying color. Glazes can alter the chroma,
A water-based matte paint, sometimes called opaque watercolor, composed of ground pigments and plant-based binders, such as gum Arabic or gum tragacanth.
Visual communication through the use of type, space, image, and color. Examples include printed materials like posters, books, and album covers, as well
A soft, greasy mineral form of carbon with a steel-gray to black metallic luster, used as a drawing material. Until the 18th century, natural lump graphite
During the 1960s and 1970s, groups of young artists, filmmakers, and activists based in the US and abroad experimented with newly available portable video