Art Terminology

HACKNEY FLASHERS

Hackney Flashers was a women’s arts collective active between 1974 and 1980. Most of the group were photographers and defined themselves as socialists and feminists. Introduction to Hackney Flashers The group’s name was a playful pun on the flash of the camera, their medium of choice. They used documentary photography as a tool in their …

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HAPPENING

Happenings were theatrical events created by artists in the late 1950s and early 1960s. Happenings were the forerunners of performance art and in turn emerged from the theatrical elements of dada and surrealism. The name was first used by the American artist Allan Kaprow in the title of his 1959 work 18 Happenings in 6 …

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HARD EDGE PAINTING

Hard edge painting is an approach to abstract painting that became widespread in the 1960s and is characterized by areas of flat colour with sharp, clear (or ‘hard’) edges. The term ‘hard-edge painting’ was coined by Californian critic Jules Langster in 1959. He used it to describe the work of those abstract painters, particularly on …

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