Glossary

Figurative Art

noun. / ˈfiɡyərədiv ärt /

1). Figurative art is a kind of representational art that focuses on the human body, or figure.


Exposure

noun. / ikˈspōZHər /

1). In photography, exposure refers to the amount of light that reaches a camera sensor or film.

2). In the art world, exposure is how art and artists are made visible to buyers. Exposure is valuable but you can’t pay rent with it.


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.