constructivism

[kuhn-struhk-tuh-viz-uhm]
noun (sometimes initial capital letter)
1.
Fine Arts. a nonrepresentational style of art developed by a group of Russian artists principally in the early 20th century, characterized chiefly by a severely formal organization of mass, volume, and space, and by the employment of modern industrial materials. Compare suprematism.
2.
Theater. a style of scenic design characterized by abstraction, simplification, and stylization rather than realistic imitation.

Origin:
1920–25; constructive + -ism

constructivist, noun, adjective
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constructivism (kənˈstrʌktɪˌvɪzəm)
 
n
1.  a movement in abstract art evolved in Russia after World War I, primarily by Naum Gabo, which explored the use of movement and machine-age materials in sculpture and had considerable influence on modern art and architecture
2.  philosophy intuitionism Compare finitism the theory that mathematical entities do not exist independently of our construction of them
 
con'structivist
 
adj, —n

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constructivism
1924, in ref. to an abstract artistic movement begun in Russia c.1920, from Rus. konstruktivizm. Related: Constructivist (1928).
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The entire program is offered online and is centered around a social constructivist approach to teaching and learning.
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