Technical skill, manual dexterity, considered apart from the fine arts, or from the cerebral, expressive, or aesthetic aspects of them. Also, any of the manual activities performed by artisans or craftspeople, as distinguished from the specific group of techniques that are practiced by artists in the making of fine art. Although there have been tensions resulting from differentiations between the art and the craft, especially since the onslaught of mechanization in the industrial era, support for the notion of craft has been undercut. However, there have been certain revivals and other movements which have served to counterbalance this trend.
A painting or sculpture whose composition, colors, and subject are selected to tell a story.
Example: Trajan's Column, Rome, Italy, 113
An aspect of modern art in which pieces of art contain no recognizable figures or objects, as opposed to figurative art.
Example: Sam Francis' Around the Blues, 1957/1962
A very pale blue that is invisible to a camera or photocopier. A non-photo pen or pencil may be used to make notes on an original: paper may be printed with a non-photo blue grid to allow for easy line-up. In either case, as copiers become more sensitive, you should advise your customer to test these products first.