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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Exhibit showcases original work of diverse group of local fiber artists, mostly art quilters and mixed media fiber artists, but also weavers, doll-makers, rug hook artists, fabric dyeing artists, knitters and crocheters in art form. Luann Gibbs,, "Free and fun things to do this weekend in Cincinnati," 28 June 2018 In an art form prized for its grace, these actions could be considered disrespectful, unbecoming, ungrateful. Sarah L. Kaufman, miamiherald, "It’s the time for dancers to behave badly | Miami Herald," 8 Mar. 2018 As the show proceeds through the decades, the gallery walls lighten to teal, then robin’s egg blue, then white, supporting the sensation of an art form opening and enlarging. Laura Jacobs, WSJ, "‘Icons of Style: A Century of Fashion Photography, 1911-2011’ Review: Capturing the Trend," 10 July 2018 Kornhaber: Some people might be leery of using classical terms to describe pop, as it might be seen as a confirming the thought that one is a higher art form than the other. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, "What Classical Music Can Learn From Kanye West," 2 July 2018 Stand-up comedy is this indigenous art form from America, like hip-hop and jazz. Andrew Dansby, San Antonio Express-News, "Houston comedian Mo Amer has poetry in his blood, and a Netflix special coming up," 26 June 2018 Printmaking is a thriving art form that both traditional and modern artists in Chicago enjoy. Morgan Smith,, "Spudnik Press Cooperative hosts first annual Chicago Print Crawl this Sunday," 22 June 2018 Fellows are honored as those who carry on and contribute to art forms from their community. Andrew Dansby, Houston Chronicle, "Empress of Gulf Coast Soul Barbara Lynn receives NEA honor," 20 June 2018 Xavier's creativity shines through in photography, drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpting and other art forms. Jim Stingl, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Stingl: First black valedictorian at Pius inspires a clothing shop to give him a free suit for Presidential Scholars trip," 19 June 2018

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First Known Use of art form

1851, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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