Sam Francis

Untitled, 1984

106.7 X 73 inch

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What is embossed?

What is embossed?

Embossed refers to a raised or depressed surface created during the printmaking process. Artists use embossing to delineate object edges, to create textures and to embellish areas in an artistic composition. The process can also be used to create a frame around the compositional area. (Image © Petr Lerch/Shutterstock)

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Art Nucleare

Arte nucleare was the name of a Milan artist group founded in 1951. The group sought to make art which responded to the dangers and technology of the nuclear age. Their works proposed using automatic techniques, and included devastated landscapes and renderings of bomb clouds.

Capitalist Realism

Capitalist realism is a German form of political pop art which sought to challenge the influence American pop art had developed in the Western world. The Cold War era Berlin movement began in 1963, and represented the ideologies of both pop art and socialist realism.

Auto-destructive art

Auto-destructive art is an invented term used to describe artworks which were destroyed during the process of their creation. Gustaz Metzger clarified his key principles: The work must return to nothingness within 20 years-time, it must be self-completing and include public participation.

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