Sam Francis

Untitled, 1984

106.7 X 73 inch

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What is mezzotint?

What is mezzotint?

Mezzotint is the process of reverse engraving copper or steel plates so that relief illustrations will show light and shadow. The master plate surface is prepared so it will print solid black. Gray and white areas are prepared differently to show light and shadow.

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Entropy

Entropy is the inevitable deterioration of a society or system. In art, it was popularized by artist Robert Smithson, whose use of it in New York in the 1960s was in reference to artwork he considered was static and simplified. He targeted contemporary minimalist artists.

New Figuration

A collective term that refers to rejuvenation of figurative art in America and Europe in the year 1960 following an abstraction-dominated period. Michel Ragon, a French art critic argued that revival of figuration took place during a critical period of social and political turbulence in America and Europe.

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.

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