Glossary

Emerging

verb and adjective. / əˈmərjiNG /

1). Emerging artists are in the early stages of their careers. They are poised to break through to greater success. Emerging artists are generally young, but artists can emerge at any age and any stage in their career. Not all emerging artists are young and not all young artists are emerging.


Mural

noun. / ˈmyo͝orəl /

1). A mural is any work of art applied directly to a wall or ceiling.

2). In graffiti, a mural is a large-scale work of street art. It incorporates as many effects as possible. It is also called a “piece,” short for “masterpiece.”


Decolonization

noun and verb. / dēˌkälənəˈzāSH(ə)n /

1). In the most literal sense, decolonization refers to political independence from colonial empires. It is an act of reclamation and a state of sovereignty.

2). Decolonization refers to other forms of independence as well. It means divesting from colonial histories, philosophies, and ways of thinking.

3). Arts institutions have long been agents of colonialism. They have been major players in exercising state power and telling colonized histories of art. However, some artists, scholars, and activist groups are working to decolonize the art world.


Conversation Piece

noun. / ˌkänvərˈsāSH(ə)n pēs /

1). Technically, a conversation piece is a group portrait. It shows people in conversation, usually in an outdoor setting like a picnic or a concert.

2). A conversation piece is also a work of art that starts a conversation. It is something to be discussed. It says something: maybe it says something about you, maybe it says something about who you want to be. A work of art can be the best conversation starter in the room.


Contrapposto

noun. / ˌkäntrəˈpästō /

1). Contrapposto is an asymmetrical stance in figurative art. It is a “counterpoise” in which the figures shift their weight onto one foot and throw their hips to one side. Contrapposto originated in ancient Greek sculpture and saw a resurgence in the Renaissance. Now, contemporary artists reimagine the pose in the modern day.