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A collection of arcane, unpublished, and (by implication) mostly ad-hoc techniques developed for a particular application or systems area (compare black magic).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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Artists such as Henry Matisse (1869-1954) and Spanish-born Pablo Picasso (1881-1973) incorporated the influence of African carvings (which were defined as l'art Negre) into paintings such as Les Demoiselles d' Avignon (Picasso 1907), as well as the Blue Nude (Matisse 1907).
In her postscript, Blake returns to the issues that opened her work: the role of primitivism in modern art and the formalistic criticism of art negre that dominated the art historical field until recently.