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

Examples of art form in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web With the ancient art form being so difficult to learn, glass masters privy to the centuries-old techniques assisted the contemporary artists in the realization of their pieces. Rebecca Ann Hughes, Forbes, 22 June 2021 But how did an art form ignited by rap beef evolve into a social media hit? Billboard Staff, Billboard, 16 June 2021 The art form has thrived during the pandemic, as artists found solace and inspiration under the open sky during months when galleries, museums and performance spaces were shuttered. New York Times, 30 May 2021 In one day’s strip, Calvin and Hobbes might engage in, say, a ballet of physical comedy — the stretch and squash effects rendering the strip as near to animation as a static art form can. Washington Post, 31 Dec. 2020 But that wasn't always the case: Back in the 1980s, the centuries-old art form of men donning dresses was fading during the hostile, conservative culture of the Reagan years. NBC News, 28 Dec. 2020 But one new tool aims to help theaters evolve, through changes that theater makers of all races say are needed if the art form is going to survive. Matthew J. Palm,, 27 Dec. 2020 Hadid's latest Instagram post might just rekindle your relationship with the art form. Emily Dixon, Marie Claire, 14 June 2021 While a little self-reverential about both the art form and about Lincoln Center itself, this show can’t help but tingle spines, with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra led by Wynton Marsalis in absolutely peak form. David L. Coddon, San Diego Union-Tribune, 22 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of art form

1851, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Art form.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Jul. 2021.

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