Sam Francis

Untitled, 1984

106.7 X 73 inch

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What is pigment?

What is pigment?

Refers to a material that alters the color of light that's transmitted or reflected due to selective absorption of wavelength. This process however, differs from phosphorescence, fluorescence and other luminescence forms where materials emit light. Materials chosen and developed by humans for use in art as pigments have special properties in most cases that make them the best for use in coloring materials. A pigment's tinting strength should be relatively high in relation to the material to be colored.

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Shock Art

Shock Art is a movement which incorporates disturbing images, scents or sounds to provoke a shocked reaction and experience in viewers. Viewed by critics and proponents as social commentary, either negative or positive, the art form seeks to use taboo, obscene or outrageous components.

Contemporary Art

Contemporary art describes avant-garde or innovative art created in the recent past or the present day. The date describing the beginning of contemporary art varies by the institutions which exhibit the style. The museums often date the era based on their founding year.

Plaster

Plaster is a mixture of heat treated and powdered gypsum. It is mixed with water to make a solid sculpture, cast in a mold, carved, modeled and attached to other materials. Artists have used plaster for working models and finished artwork for centuries.

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