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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Because connection is an inherent part of the art form itself, Grandma’s House doesn’t require precise replication of any one familial home, Mema’s or Watson’s. Nicole Blackwood,, "‘Grandma’s House’ open mic builds chosen family from poetry performance," 25 June 2019 All of that made the demolition of 5Pointz, a legendary graffiti venue in Long Island City, Queens, an unlikely battleground for the soul of the art form. Daisy Alioto, The New Republic, "How Graffiti Became Gentrified," 19 June 2019 Mraz’s true message went beyond dynamics and melodies, and straight to the power of the art form. Chuck Yarborough,, "Jason Mraz and the Contemporary Youth Orchestra discover ‘Life is Wonderful’ in collaborative concerts," 16 June 2019 One of the most spectacular opera houses in the world, the venue is the flagship of the art form’s swift rise across the conservative Gulf region. The Economist, "An opera boom in the Gulf," 15 June 2019 Complex interactions of outrage from both parties’ bases conjured up the presidency of Donald Trump, who is the mighty Wurlitzer of the art form. Lance Morrow, WSJ, "America Is Addicted to Outrage. Is There a Cure?," 30 Nov. 2018 Barr is also focused on finding new ways to pull people into the store and, more broadly, develop their interest in the art form of film. Ryan Blethen, The Seattle Times, "Seattle’s last 3 video rental stores strive to remain part of the neighborhood," 10 Sep. 2018 African Americans played crucial roles in the Old West Just as country music has never been an exclusively white art form, the Old West itself was never solely white. Nadra Nittle, Vox, "Lil Nas X isn’t an anomaly — black people have always been a part of country music," 5 June 2019 Photographer Allan Barnes shares how the train station is one of the buildings that drew him to his art form, not to revel in destruction, but to preserve images of dignity against all odds. Julie Hinds, Detroit Free Press, "'Detroit: Comeback City' documentary is personal, and that's a good thing," 1 July 2018

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First Known Use of art form

1851, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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