art form


Definition of art form

1 : a form or medium of expression recognized as fine art sees dance as both an art form and an entertainment
2a : an unconventional form or medium in which impulses regarded as artistic may be expressed describe pinball as a great American art form— Tom Buckley
b : an undertaking or activity enhanced by a high level of skill or refinement easy conversation—an art form in peril of being lost to contemporary schedules— Joanna Pruess

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As Hersch pointed out, there’s nothing inherently unusual about discovering a serious art form like classical music at that age. David Weininger,, "An extraordinary late bloomer makes a musical mark," 9 May 2018 Love is magic, movies are magic, and so a specific art form about the human heart arises. Josephine Livingstone, The New Republic, "Amy Schumer’s Head Injury," 20 Apr. 2018 The British have raised elision to a whimsical art form. Ken Jennings, Condé Nast Traveler, "You're Probably Pronouncing These British Towns Incorrectly," 8 Jan. 2018 An exhibition of nearly 250 photographs at the Barnes Foundation shows how the advent of photography was first influenced by, then influenced, older art forms. William Meyers, WSJ, "‘From Today, Painting Is Dead: Early Photography in Britain and France’ Review: New Ways of Seeing," 12 Mar. 2019 For more info: ALMANAC: Yale locks For more info: TRANSPORTATION: Low rider bikes In Compton, California, there's an art form that grew from the streets, one with a decidedly Latino flavor. James Fallows, CBS News, "This week on "Sunday Morning" (May 6)," 3 May 2018 Just as cooking is an art form, forging these knives entail an artistic process. Popular Mechanics, "These Laser-Sharp Japanese Knives Are a Kitchen Staple," 14 Mar. 2019 Even more courageous was the move into a new art form. Arthur Lubow, New York Times, "Influenced by Her Children, Laurie Simmons Exits Her Comfort Zone," 27 Apr. 2018 There’s things that ... Avocado fanning is an art form. Eric Johnson, Recode, "Why Sweetgreen thinks like a tech company," 17 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of art form

1851, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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