Art Terminology

ALABASTER

Alabaster is a soft white or translucent stone, it is a fine-grained marble-like variety of gypsum. Its softness enables it to be carved readily into elaborate forms making it a popular material for carved sculpture. It is also often used for ornamental stonework, though its solubility in water makes it unsuitable for outdoor work.

ALBUMEN PRINT

Invented in 1850, and commonly used in the late nineteenth century, the albumen print is a type of photographic print made from paper coated with albumen (egg white). The albumen print became popular because it produced a rich sharp image. The process involves coating a sheet of paper with albumen (egg white), making the paper’s …

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ALTERMODERN

Altermodern is a term coined by curator Nicolas Bourriaud in 2009, to describe art made as a reaction against standardisation and commercialism, in the context of globalisation. The term was coined by Nicolas Bourriaud on the occasion of the Tate Triennial in 2009. Altermodern is against cultural standardisation and massification, but also opposed to nationalisms …

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