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Abstract
(adj) abstract art expresses the artist’s ideas or feelings rather than showing the exact appearance of people or things: I'm not very keen on abstract paintings.
Abstract
(n) an abstract painting or design: You're not supposed to understand what it is; it's an abstract!
Auction
(n) a public occasion when things are sold to the people who offer the most money for them: They bought the paintings at auction in 1989.
Audition
(n) a short performance in which you sing, dance or act so that someone can decide if you are good enough to perform in a particular play, concert, etc: I've got an audition for the school play tomorrow.
Bestseller
(n) a book that many people buy: His first novel was a bestseller.
Collector's item
(n phr) a rare or valuable object that collectors want to own: Do you think this watch is a collector's item?
Curator
(n) someone whose job is to look after the objects in a museum: Ask the curator - he'll be able to tell you more about it.
Fine art
(n phr) objects such as paintings that are created to be looked at because they are beautiful or interesting (note: the fine arts =activities in which people create beautiful or interesting objects, for example painting and sculpture): I'm thinking of studying fine art at university.
Installation
(n) a piece of art that consists of several different objects or pictures arranged to produce a particular effect: There's an interesting installation at the Tate Gallery at the moment.
Lines
(n pl) the words that an actor says in a performance: He forgot his lines.
Lyrics
(n pl) the words of a song: I've written the music but haven't written any lyrics yet.
Masterpiece
(n) an excellent painting, book, piece of music, etc, or the best work of art that a particular artist, writer, musician, etc has ever produced: Vertigo is the film widely regarded as Hitchcock's masterpiece.
Paperback
(n) a book with a cover made of thick paper: His collection of poetry is now out in paperback.
Period
(adj) typical of a particular historical time: Will you be wearing period costumes in the play?
Period
(n) a particular time in history: Their collection is confined solely to the Roman period.
Priceless
(adj) very valuable and impossible to replace: These are priceless jewels.
Recital
(n) a performance of music or poetry: Are you coming to the piano recital tonight?
Retrospective
(adj) relating to or considering things that happened in the past: The show takes a retrospective look at the 1970s.
Retrospective
(n) an exhibition that includes examples of a particular artist's work from their whole career: I really want to go to the Norman Rockwell retrospective.
Score
(n) the music written for a film, play, etc: Who wrote the musical score for Star Wars?
Sketch
(n) a drawing made quickly that does not have many details: Draw a rough sketch of the dog.
Sketch
(n) a short funny scene performed within a longer show: She toured Europe with a programme of songs and sketches.
Sketch
(v) to draw a picture quickly and with few details: I'll just sketch a rough outline of the house.
work of art
(n phr) something such as a painting or sculpture that is of very high quality: There are many priceless works of art in the Louvre.
work of art
(n phr) something that is made or done in a skilful or attractive way: Her house is a real work of art.
Worthless
(adj) not having any value or good qualities, or not useful: The country's currency is nearly worthless.