black art

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black art

A collection of arcane, unpublished, and (by implication) mostly ad-hoc techniques developed for a particular application or systems area (compare black magic). VLSI design and compiler code optimisation were (in their beginnings) considered classic examples of black art; as theory developed they became deep magic, and once standard textbooks had been written, became merely heavy wizardry. The huge proliferation of formal and informal channels for spreading around new computer-related technologies during the last twenty years has made both the term "black art" and what it describes less common than formerly. See also voodoo programming.
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Its emblematic work, Les Demoiselles d'Avignon, with its jazzy art negre figures--like African fetishes in the salon of a Parisian couturier--had found the museum and the metropolis to which it really belonged.
The Musee d'Ethnographie at Trocadero had long featured its collection of art negre, and the figures that had inspired Cubists and Dadaists from Picasso to Braque were now objects found on mantles all over Paris.
The very term for tribal art adopted by artists and critics before the First World War - art negre - tells us something about the nature of the insult to Europeans.