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 In addition to writing the librettos for four operas, several of McNally’s plays dealt with the art form. Tim Diovanni, Dallas News, "Dallas Opera honors Texan playwright Terrence McNally with Maria Callas Award," 5 Aug. 2020 Mike Clark, a veteran former USA TODAY movie critic with a famously encyclopedic knowledge of film history and an enduring love for the art form, died Friday at 73. Maria Puente, USA TODAY, "Goodbye, 'Movie Mike': Former USA TODAY film critic Mike Clark dies at 73," 1 Aug. 2020 There is a caveat: Truly useful napping is an art form. Patia Braithwaite, SELF, "How to Take a Nap That’s Actually Restful and Doesn’t Mess With Your Sleep," 30 July 2020 Mackenzie Warren, a dancer and instructor, has turned to a different art form — offering prints of her lovely watercolor floral arrangements. Mark Kennedy, Star Tribune, "Plush toys, jewelry, dance lessons — Broadway's side hustles," 30 July 2020 Following the show, Ferrah had a public breakup with the art form, and went on to publicly criticize elements of the television series that thrust her into the mainstream spotlight. Joey Nolfi,, "India Ferrah reveals post-Drag Race trauma over Mimi Imfurst pickup," 11 June 2020 While this art form isn’t used by most people today, tracking can still be a lifesaver in certain situations. Tim Macwelch, Outdoor Life, "10 Primitive Survival Skills that Will Keep You Alive," 26 May 2020 But the inherently rebellious art form has found new vitality amid the ongoing challenges — like, say, broadcasting an entire drag production from quarantine — posed by a global outbreak. Joey Nolfi,, "RuPaul's All-Stars 5 cast praise drag's digital revolution amid coronavirus," 15 June 2020 In introducing political murals into the American mainstream, FDR established them as a top-down art form emanating from the dominant authority. Giulia L. Heyward, The New Republic, "The Righteous Power of the George Floyd Mural," 15 June 2020

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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 11 Aug. 2020.

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