Glossary

Rhythm

noun. / ˈriT͟Həm /

1). Like other art forms, visual art can have rhythm. It is a visual beat that creates a sense of movement, unity, and harmony.


Representation

noun. / ˌreprəˌzenˈtāSH(ə)n /

1). Representational art depicts things in the real world, like trees or the human figure. Representation and abstraction are opposite ends of a spectrum. Representational art can be abstract but the more abstract it is, the less recognizable it is.

2). Artists choose how they want to be “represented” in the art world. Some artists partner with galleries and art dealers to sell art and find new opportunities. Other artists represent themselves.

3). Representation means a diversity of voices. Who is represented in art and how? Who is represented in art collections and who is not? Who is represented in leadership positions in the art world and who is not?


Repatriation

noun and verb. / rēˌpātrēˈāSH(ə)n /

1). Repatriation (alternatively, “rematriation”) means returning looted objects of cultural heritage to their source communities. Repatriation can involve the return of land, human remains, and looted art. It can also refer to objects of intangible cultural heritage like oral traditions and performing arts.


Renaissance

noun. / ˈrenəˌsäns /

1). Renaissance means “rebirth.”

2). The Renaissance generally refers to the “rebirth” of classical antiquity that inspired an outpouring of creativity in 14th-, 15th-, and 16th-century Europe.

3). In the centuries since, there have been other “renaissances” that have come to redefine the term. The Harlem Renaissance, for example, was an outpouring of creativity among Black artists in Harlem and across the world in the twentieth century.


Opaque

adjective. / ōˈpāk /

1). If something is opaque, it is not transparent.

2). The art world is famously opaque. Galleries can feel like cold, unwelcoming spaces. The language of the art world can be pretentious and impenetrable. Prices are hidden, and when they’re not, they can seem arbitrary. Making the art world more accessible means tackling these issues.