Mec art

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A term (abbreviation for ‘mechanical art’) applied to works produced by transferring photographic images to canvas treated with photosensitive emulsion. Andy Warhol used photographic transfers unadapted in many of his screenprints, but the European artists associated with Mec art have usually modified or restructured the original image to create a new, synthetic one. The term was perhaps first used by the French painter Alain Jacquet (1939–2008) in 1964 (with a pun on the word ‘mec’, French slang meaning ‘bloke’), and it was adapted soon afterwards by several other artists, among them the Belgian Pol Bury, the Greek Nikos (Nikos Kessanlis, 1930–2004), and the Italians Gianni Bertini (1922– ) and Mimmo Rotella.

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