What Is Kinetic Art?

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Kinetic art refers to any artwork that moves, including mechanically-driven art, mobiles, explosions and growing art. Understand kinetic art with information from an art historian, critic and curator in this free video on art.

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Hi, Professor Betty Brown here, talking about kinetic art. Kinetic art is just as the name indicates, art that moves. Art that involves movement. And some sculptures like George Rickey have historically made art that is mechanically driven. Other artists have made art that is, like Alexander Calder, a mobile that actually moves through them gas of air and twists and turns in space. Other artists have made art that moves and grows and explodes and self-destructs. So if art involves motion, whether it's Marcel Duchamp's Road of Reliefs or Alexander Calder's much more lovely mobiles, it's kinetic art.


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