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Abdulnasser Gharem, Hemisphere, 2013. Digital print and lacquer paint on rubber stamps on aluminum, 241 x 362 cm, in three parts. Courtesy of Madina Art Center.
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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LACQUER

Lacquer is a liquid made of shellac that is most often used in an artistic context as a protective coating for the surface of a work. The liquified substance applied to the surface of a piece of wood or metal, giving the work a polished look and protecting the surface from damage.

Abdulnasser Gharem, Hemisphere, 2013. Digital print and lacquer paint on rubber stamps on aluminum, 241 x 362 cm, in three parts. Courtesy of Madina Art Center.
Abdulnasser Gharem, Hemisphere, 2013. Digital print and lacquer paint on rubber stamps on aluminum, 241 x 362 cm, in three parts. Courtesy of Madina Art Center.

LITHOGRAPHY

Lithography is a method of printmaking that is formed by a stone of metal plate with a smooth surface, originally developed in Germany as a cheap method for reprinting texts en masse. The technique is often used to print text or artworks on paper, with images typically first drawn with oil, fat or wax.

Ahmed Morsi, Untitled, edition of 10 prints. Stones of Pobello by Edwar El Kharrat Artist’s Book, 1991. Linoleum cut on paper 12 x 20 cm. Photo by Sherine Morsi. Courtesy of the artist.
Ahmed Morsi, Untitled, edition of 10 prints. Stones of Pobello by Edwar El Kharrat Artist’s Book, 1991. Linoleum cut on paper 12 x 20 cm. Photo by Sherine Morsi. Courtesy of the artist.

 


A VERSION OF THIS ARTICLE APPEARED IN PRINT IN SELECTIONS, ART GLOSSARY #52 PAGES 94 – 95.

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