***Included in The Sunday Times App List 2012***

‘If modern art and its arcane terminology leave you thinking it’s all a load of old Pollocks, this adroit little app will help to demystify modern and contemporary artworks and theories.’
– Sunday Times

For many of us the language in which modern art is described is as mystifying as the art itself. This comprehensive but concise art dictionary is the answer. Each term is defined with clarity and precision, putting themes, movements, media and art practices at the reader’s fingertips.

+ More than 300 art terms covering movements, styles, schools, techniques and art theory with 43 illustrations
+ Fully searchable entries
+ Browse terms by different categories or through the image gallery
+ No wireless connection required
+ Available for the iPad and iPhone

‘Contains brilliantly simple definitions of complicated theoretical ideas … clear, contextualising and enlightening.’
– Sunday Telegraph, review of the print edition

Simon Wilson, OBE, MA, formerly Head of Interpretation at Tate, is the author of Egon Schiele and Surrealist Painting, Jessica Lack is an arts writer for the Guardian.

What's New

Version 1.2

- Optimised for Retina Display

Ratings and Reviews

Tate Educational


This app provides small description of art movements. Do not expect a catalogue of collection or present exhibitions.
This gives an intro to contemporary art and useful for use in education.



Most of this information can be found on the Internet or the Tate website. There are not very many images here. Mediocre but I guess it is a way to make money for declining if not increasingly absent arts budgets. MOMA has produced much better.


Geo McL

I was expecting something better! Definitions are very limited and not referenced to examples. Image gallery is limited and not very exciting. Surely an organisation such as the Tate should have something better than this!
Even if it was free (and it is not) I would be disappointed. I would give it no stars if I could.


Tate Gallery
23.5 MB
Requires iOS 5.1 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.
Age Rating
Rated 12+ for the following:
Infrequent/Mild Sexual Content and Nudity
Developer: Aimer Media © Tate, 2011


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