Quiz: Art Movement or Random Letters?

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About This Quiz

When a group of artists come together around a common philosophy or goal, that's the beginning of a movement. Take this quiz to see how many art movements you can pick out from the strings of random letters.

COBRA

COBRA is an acronym for Copenhagen, Brussels and Amsterdam. The group was an association of Belgian, Danish and Dutch Expressionist artists from 1948-51.

MPYR

No art here. This one is just a bunch of random letters. (But doesn't it look as though you could pronounce it "empire"?)

ASCII

ASCII is loosely used to describe any text-based visual art, but it traditionally would be created with ASCII Standard and ASCII-compliant character sets of numeric code. Most ASCII art uses fixed-width fonts, such as Courier and Monaco.

FLUXUS

If you thought of conventional art as elitist in the 1960s, Fluxus was an avant-garde art movement for you.

BBAJ

BBAJ is the acronym for the musical "Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson," but it is not an art movement.

ZURG

This one is a bunch of random letters. But Zurg is Buzz Lightyear's archnemesis in "Toy Story 2."

MIFS

MIFS might be familiar to you if you're in the international freighting industry, but outside that circle of people, this is just a bunch of random letters.

NABIS

The Nabis (Les Nabis) was a group of postimpressionist avant-garde artists who dabbled in mysticism and symbolism and would kick off their gatherings by reciting "sounds, colors and words have a miraculously expressive power beyond all representation and even beyond the literal meaning of the words."

UKIYO-E

Ukiyo-e, which means pictures of the floating world, were popular woodblock prints and paintings in Japanese art in the 18th and 19th centuries.

OPTL

No art here. This one is just a bunch of random letters.

VNNA

VNNA may stand for the Visiting Nurse Associations of America, but it's just a bunch of random letters in the art community.

AOI

Society for Art of Imagination (AOI) is an international artists' society. The group promotes art that falls into fantastic realism, surrealism, magic realism, visionary art, cosmic art and inspirational art.

JAAM

JAAM isn't an art movement, but it is a literary journal, where "JAAM" stands for Just Another Art Movement.

IKKU

IKKU is just a bunch of random letters.

JOYN

No art here. This one is just a bunch of random letters.

ACMI

The ACMI is related to art (it's the Art and Creative Materials Institute), but it's not an art movement.

QPAT

No art here. This one is just a bunch of random letters.

USRK

USRK is an acronym for a Russian airport, but in the art community, it's nothing more than random letters.

SOTS

SOTS art is short for Socialist Art. It describes the Soviet pop art postmodernist movement based on political critique of the USSR, popular in the 1970s-90s.

FAUVES

Fauvism was the first 20th-century art movement that had to do with modern art. The French avant-garde movement emphasized personal expression and made use of intensely saturated colors.

DADA

Dada, a movement sprung from the post-World War I period, was the first major anti-art movement and precursor to surrealism.

OUOF

No art here. This one is just a bunch of random letters.

ERWE

ERWE is just a bunch of random letters.

JAZA

No art here. This one is just a bunch of random letters.

DAEDALIC

Named for the mythical Greek artist and inventor Daedalus, Daedalic art is a sculptural style that was popular during the early archaic period of ancient Greece.

HYWA

No art here.

GUTAI

This postwar artist collective in Japan included experimental performance and multimedia artists.

STEAM

STEAM is the Rhode Island School of Design's initiative to add art and design to the STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) agenda, but it is not an art movement.

DE STIJL

Influenced by the ideas of dada, a group of Netherlands-based artists and architects began a movement called de stijl (Dutch for "the style"). Also called neoplasticism, this style focuses on the basic visual elements of art, such as primary colors and geometric forms.

HUVD

No art here. HUVD is just a bunch of random letters.

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