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In this issue, we go back to basics and review definitions of frequently (or infrequently) words in the art world while referencing art from the MENASA region.

IN THE FOLLOWING ARTICLES, YOU’LL DISCOVER AN ALPHABETICAL LIST OF ART-RELATED WORDS PAIRED WITH ARTWORKS THAT BEST ILLUSTRATE EACH WORD’S MEANING. ALL WORKS ARE BY MIDDLE EASTERN ARTISTS WHO HAVE LEFT AN INDELIBLE IMPRINT UPON THE INTERNATIONAL ART SCENE.

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KINETIC SCULPTURE

Kinetic art refers to sculpture perceivable by movement. It relates to motion that is able to extend the viewer’s relationship to the object in space, sometimes referred to as mobiles. Though kinetic art can take into account a variety of styles and techniques, some of which can be done via motors, machines or electrically powered systems, kinetic art can also include sculptures that move via the wind or, today, even virtual movements.

Yuko Mohri, Oni-bi (fen fire), 2013 – 2018. Glockenspiel, solenoid, screen flame and strings; dimensions variable. Installation view: Inter-Resonance: Inter-Organics, Sharjah Art Foundation, 2019. Courtesy of the artist. Photo: Sharjah Art Foundation.
Yuko Mohri, Oni-bi (fen fire), 2013 – 2018. Glockenspiel, solenoid, screen flame and strings; dimensions variable. Installation view: Inter-Resonance: Inter-Organics, Sharjah Art Foundation, 2019. Courtesy of the artist. Photo: Sharjah Art Foundation.

A VERSION OF THIS ARTICLE APPEARED IN PRINT IN SELECTIONS, ART GLOSSARY #52 PAGE 93.

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