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art

noun
COLLOCATIONS FROM OTHER ENTRIES
18th-/19th- etc century art/music/literature
▪ Nothing compares with Florence's beautiful 15th-century architecture.
a film/art/music etc critic
▪ He became the chief music critic for the Herald Tribune.
a film/music/dance/arts festival
▪ The movie won an award at the Cannes Film Festival.
a language/art/design etc course
▪ The school runs ten-week language courses three times a year.
an art collection
▪ the National Gallery’s art collection
an art gallery
▪ a guide to the city's museums and art galleries
an art/music/drama college
▪ The Music College was founded in 1869.
an arts centre (=for art, music, theatre, film etc)
▪ Shall we go to the concert at the arts centre on Saturday?
an arts degree (=in a subject that is not science)
▪ She has an arts degree from Sussex University.
Art Deco
art director
art form
▪ Music is quite unlike any other art form.
art gallery
art house
▪ art house films
Art Nouveau
art theft
▪ Robbers stole paintings worth £25 million in the French Riviera’s biggest art theft.
art/literary/military etc historian
arts and crafts (=things produced by artists and craftsmen or women)
▪ an exhibition of Indian arts and crafts
arts cinema
Associate of Arts
black art
car/antique/art etc dealer
clip art
conceptual art
contemporary art/music/dance
▪ Each year there is a contemporary music festival in November.
fine art
▪ Can photography be considered fine art?
industrial arts
liberal arts
martial art
▪ a martial arts expert
Master of Arts
mastered the art of
▪ I never quite mastered the art of walking in high heels.
objet d'art
op art
performance art
performing arts
pop art
the arts scene
▪ Britain has a lively contemporary arts scene.
the arts/sports council
▪ The exhibition has been funded by the Arts Council.
the sports/arts/financial etc pages (=the part of a newspaper that deals with sport, art etc)
▪ He only ever reads the sports pages.
visual arts
work of art
▪ That cake’s a real work of art!
COLLOCATIONS FROM CORPUS
■ ADJECTIVE
black
▪ Promoting a fund has become something of a black art.
▪ We talk too much of black art when we should be talking about art, just art.
▪ Or a man who meddled in the black arts?
▪ He also travels to black art galleries, black bookstores, even a black-owned florist shop.
▪ And it's a kind of black art anyway - everyone did a bit differently.
▪ And other black arts organizations had willingly shared their patron lists.
▪ But not all their black arts could save them now that the full strength of Ulthuan was brought to bear.
▪ They obsess about it, the black art of stealing elections.
contemporary
▪ Does the contemporary art scene in Glasgow affect your painting?
▪ Feb. 16-18 with an emphasis on modern and contemporary art.
▪ You see, this exhibit examines the use of the flag in contemporary art.
▪ Since its opening in 1978 the gallery has been seen as the main centre for contemporary art in the city.
▪ One characteristic of contemporary art history has been its extensive use of non-art-historical texts.
▪ What is your opinion of the current state of contemporary art, in this country and internationally?
fine
▪ Confined to the fine arts, this clinging to the safe and known was just a brake upon innovation and exuberance.
▪ Creativity in an exemplary fine arts curriculum is also encouraged.
▪ He came to Teesside from Newcastle where he ran a fine art print workshop.
▪ I create fine art from found objects, and also work extensively in faux stone.
▪ Ken Done popular art; fine art.
▪ Modern art is directed at a public largely untutored in the fine arts amidst a rapid expansion of the means of communication.
▪ This is a fine art and the rewards are considerable.
▪ I am no art historian but I appreciate fine works of art, and would just like to make two points.
great
▪ There is a sense in which the greatest art in conducting is to know when one should not conduct.
▪ And the great Tretyakov art gallery may have its utilities shut off for nonpayment of bills.
▪ Naturally, the public display of great works of art led to a demand for imitations for enjoyment by wealthy individuals.
▪ Despite the war, there was a great deal of art activity in New York during the fall of 1918.
▪ To be firm and remain courteous is the great art, especially when you feel threatened or are greatly provoked.
▪ Going to the library and the bookshops, seeing plays, hearing concerts, looking at great art?
▪ But the car has inspired no great architecture and no great art.
▪ You can escape if you answer puzzles, games and questions about the great works of art hanging on the walls.
high
▪ The popular art of the era shared a great many subjects with its high art counterparts.
▪ The show, which opens Friday, is an exploration of the distinction between low art and high art.
▪ Contemporary high art was at the same time popular art.
▪ This is not a high art, like painting or sculpture.
▪ However, its high art pretensions are hinted at by the epic tone of its title.
▪ The sprawling figures of men and serpents and lizards can only be viewed from high above: art for the gods.
▪ In this sense too, popular art was closer to the dominant ethos of the age than its high art counterparts.
▪ Like their comrades from earlier wars, many GIs developed and refined the craft of scrounging into a high art.
liberal
▪ The setting is a Vermont liberal arts college where Sarah Matthews is dean of students.
▪ In the public sector, many managers have liberal arts degrees in public administration or one of the social sciences.
▪ Others are not employed directly by the ruling class and work in the liberal arts and service professions.
▪ Students at the baccalaureate level also are paying more attention to applied fields of study than to a general liberal arts education.
▪ The first is to promote liberal arts higher education, both at general degree and sub-degree levels.
▪ I was brimming with hopes for obtaining a good liberal arts education, then training in journalism.
▪ There probably never has been a year that employers have knocked down the doors to hire liberal arts graduates.
▪ In certain respects City is very much a traditional liberal arts / professional college.
martial
▪ Even fully fit he would have stood little chance against the oriental, who was an expert in martial arts combat.
▪ A light, bouncy martial arts comedyadventure tailor-made for Chris Farley, the unlikeliest ninja of them all.
▪ It became compulsory for all young men to learn martial arts.
▪ The notion of apprenticeship as an almost religious vocation survives best, oddly, in martial arts movies like Bloodsport on Showtime.
▪ There is an increasing number of KungFu, Judo and martial arts clubs attended by even young children.
▪ He takes Aikido martial arts classes, plays tennis and racquetball and occasionally strikes up a romance.
▪ All the martial arts, hard and soft, aim at a non-aggressive state of harmony.
▪ Chow Yun Fat stars as a master of the Wudan school of martial arts.
modern
▪ It is the largest modern art museum in the world.
▪ The primacy of the female nude as a motif of modern art, from Courbet to Kruger, is examined.
▪ Meanwhile the home of modern art appears to be London.
▪ And when they pick apart the history of modern art, they attack modern art's most powerful institution.
▪ In fact, it seems that the best modern art exhibitions are going on out there in various institutions and building lobbies.
▪ Such subtleties should be one ambition of the museum of modern art.
▪ A museum of modern art would mean that we would have to up-grade our holdings and get more important twentieth-century works.
visual
▪ This exhibition examines his impact not only on the visual arts but also on literature and science.
▪ What Albers did for Black Mountain as a community emphasizing the visual arts, Olson did for it as a literary community.
▪ He also argues that, in its turn, the Scientific Revolution had some effect on the visual arts.
▪ In these senses this show contributes to contemporary radical perspectives within the visual arts, especially as contextualised within the gallery.
▪ A general introduction to the practice of the visual arts.
▪ Involvement in the visual arts is one way in for many young people today.
▪ Lehmann also had an active interest in the visual arts, and in particular promoted the neo-romantics.
▪ Despite her irritating affectations, she did have a genuine flair for divining quality in both literature and the visual arts.
■ NOUN
critic
▪ As for working art critics, their newspapers need reviews of every sort of exhibition, whether modern or historical.
▪ Here, in 1989, an exhibit of photographs by the late Robert Mapplethorpe aroused the wrath of art critics in Congress.
▪ Incidentally, the good art critic should be the reader's friend in refusing to be impressed by art market prices.
▪ Marriage to a middle-aged art critic who has turned dealer.
▪ An art critic also needs a gift for persuasion, perhaps rather more than a head for exposition and argument.
▪ Times art critic Christopher Knight contributed to this report.
▪ The art critic is thus bound to consider with care what standards of comparison should be used.
dealer
▪ To think so was to be conned by the art dealers.
▪ When asked, archivists and art dealers shrug and allude to the war.
▪ Gave ten thousand dollars for it to a little mustachioed froggy art dealer on the Boulevard Haussmann.
▪ Larry's a builder, Robin's an art dealer, a refined, elegant and sensitive man.
▪ The house was occupied as the London residence of an art dealer.
▪ He decided to start an art dealers organisation, and he asked me to help.
deco
▪ Emberton continued to design shops in the fashionable art deco style, for Lotus and Delta shoes and others.
▪ There are more than a few furniture galleries, ranging from traditional to art deco to contemporary.
▪ The concert hall itself reminds one playfully of reproduction art deco and is also acoustically first-class and adaptable.
▪ High-energy, friendly salon with Latin flavor and art deco chandeliers.&038;.
▪ The art deco cinema was closed; a round pile of elegance put off for good.
▪ Their B &038; B is within walking distance of the art deco Filberg Lodge with its delightful nine-acre park.
▪ The beautiful, elegant art deco Hoover building on the A4 is a supermarket.
▪ But the fact is all I can afford is this third-floor studio with an art deco shower.
director
▪ So an illustration may offer far wider possibilities for the art director to achieve special effects and a distinctive style.
▪ When he awoke, he found himself in San Francisco -- as the art director of a ballet magazine.
▪ Phil Bicker, our art director, never goes home. 9.
▪ Do not let your editor or art director unduly influence you.
▪ Leaver, then camping out on Oz art director Jonathan Goodchild's floor, joined the staff.
▪ It aims to give writers and art directors a thorough grounding of the advertising business and valuable first-hand experience.
▪ For some years now, writer and art director have been considered as equal partners working closely together.
▪ A good production person must keep up with every development and ideally acquaint the art directors with every one as well.
form
▪ To avoid simultaneous borrowing and depositing you should monitor how accurate your forecasting is, without turning this into an art form.
▪ Animation is one of the most labor-intensive art forms.
▪ Nicholas Cruz simply drools over the youngster who has made boxing an art form.
▪ Making music is an art form, believe it or not.
▪ At its core is a unique collection of books on various non-Western art forms donated by Tàpies himself.
▪ Guided by an unlikely visionary named Walt, the artists at Disney did more than create an enduring new art form.
▪ These old properties represent an age when craftsmanship in building reached an art form.
▪ But this is hair-splitting as an art form.
gallery
▪ Roland felt wakeful and misplaced, as though he was in an art gallery or a surgeon's waiting-room.
▪ Its unique folk art has been featured by the Smithsonian Museums and other prominent art galleries throughout the U.S.
▪ Most of all, Mahoney didn't look like the sort of man who would work in an art gallery.
▪ The complex, built in 1926, includes 360-seat and 99-seat theaters, a small 40-seat workspace and an art gallery.
▪ He would meet Mischa and the others in London at the exhibition in the art gallery.
▪ The street is dotted with pricey eateries, art galleries, boutiques and hair salons.
▪ Dunbar was to run the art gallery attached to the shop, Miles would take care of the books.
▪ A check for $ 3, 246 to a Scottsdale art gallery for a painting.
historian
▪ Her ladyship always took advice from art historians before she would even change as much the piping on a cushion.
▪ One of us is the granddaughter who rescued the paintings from a warehouse room; the other, a young art historian.
▪ She was extremely generous to aspiring young art historians.
▪ Deciding where is the beginning can be a trouble for an art historian.
▪ Tomás Llorens, art historian and Simon Marcháan, lecturer in Aesthetics.
▪ This is one aspect that art historian and critic Deborah Cherry will be taking up in the next issue.
▪ Martin, formerly editor of Arts magazine, is a trained art historian.
▪ Do you feel that the language problem is a fundamental stumbling block for art historians?
history
▪ He qualified as an electronics engineer before going to teachers' training college after which he obtained a degree in art history.
▪ Pretty meaty stuff for an art history major who formerly knew squat about the squabble.
▪ Their works did not hang in major public collections, nor were they subsequently included within mainstream art history.
▪ Even students in art history and philosophy are getting hired by management consultants, Sanborn said.
▪ Lang has also pledged himself to an increased emphasis on the teaching of art history at secondary school and college level.
▪ Should art works be at the centre of art history?
▪ Traditional art history would include Bonnard for his technical innovations and largely marginalise Rodchenko for his politics and photography.
▪ Hence, interest was slight and sporadic, and the works were not assimilated into mainstream western art history.
market
▪ The precious place of the nude was bolstered by the economics of the art market in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.
▪ Those were great days for the art market.
▪ And what of the broader issues: 1997, Hong Kong and the art market?
▪ When the art market went crazy, the value of the little Courbet just kept climbing.
▪ And how has Cologne fared in the contraction of the art market worldwide?
▪ Several of those who shared those discussions are now big names in the art market.
▪ Such catalogues were important to scholarship and also to the art market.
performance
▪ A programme of performance art to be announced with this exhibition.
▪ The most successful of the human oddities, Taylor says, were those who could present their deformities as performance art.
▪ Garner knows about the challenge of performance art.
▪ No matter how he strutted and screamed, the end result was more like watching performance art than hearing a concert.
▪ Some performance art does contain gratuitous violence.
▪ The materials of Fluxus artists were mainly ephemeral or paper-based, or centred on performance art, presenting problems for exhibition organisers.
▪ The second is intensely combative performance art, and just about self-financing.
school
▪ I was too defiant to return to such an art school, so cramped, so bunged up with petty authority.
▪ I went to art school too.
▪ I went to art school when I was 15, I was the youngest.
▪ It has a full-fledged performing arts school, from Grades 4-12, with an enrollment of 550 boys and girls.
▪ So I packed in art school.
▪ But once in art school, I soon discovered that art, too, was a game.
▪ As well as the teds there were always a few young art school types who were interested in the idea of teddy boy style.
▪ Minton, assisted by students from various London art schools, supervised the decorations.
student
▪ In Montparnasse artists and art students met each other in the cafés and at the life class and in the little restaurants.
▪ A customer who turned out to be a Harvard art student had dropped off film to be developed.
▪ Before that he was a successful history and art student at the De Montfort University in Leicester.
▪ There were confrontations between the art students and the athletes.
▪ Cor, he said, this is almost like being an art student again.
▪ The basic issue was compulsory complementary and contrasting studies for arts students.
▪ His first wife, Betty, was a fellow art student.
▪ Bright 16-year-olds abandon all but two or three academic subjects, thus ensuring that scientists remain unread, and arts students maths-blind.
work
▪ The art works that would be modern art are defined and subjected to validations of a specific kind.
▪ But Langford has more to say about the cooking than he does about the art works.
▪ The language, not just the art work of comics changed then too.
▪ Scattered among the various art works in McMullen's office are his numerous ribbons and trophies.
▪ Despite much improvement in pencil and art work there had been none in reading and other school work.
▪ Who owns the reproduction rights and profits for a piece of art work paid for with public and private money?
world
▪ It has become a minor occasion in the art world.
▪ Although Margarett was showing in New York, she had become a presence in the Boston art world.
▪ We soon lost our importance as far as the art world was concerned.
▪ What a model for the art world.
▪ A first-rate biography might have reminded the art world of his unique eloquence.
▪ But in the art world it's not allowed to be mentioned.
▪ Henry Fitzhugh aims for a deliberate mix of obscure or up-and-coming artists with the glitterati of the art world.
■ VERB
master
▪ I also have never wanted to master the art of stiletto-wearing.
▪ It strikes me that Tommy has already mastered the art of being a toady.
▪ Loved for his big glasses and silly grin, he mastered the art of playing guitar while walking in circles.
▪ Their written petition gives some indication as to how much the Jesuits had mastered the delicate art of memorializing the emperor.
▪ If you value your trees, you will take pains to master this art.
▪ She is afraid of the bathtub and has never mastered the art of taking a shower.
▪ Hence his reluctance to start painting before he had mastered the incredibly difficult art of drawing - and drawing the figure especially.
▪ Once you master the arts of reflection, understanding, and resolution, perspective and point of view will follow.
PHRASES FROM OTHER ENTRIES
Bachelor of Arts/Science/Education etc
▪ A Bachelor of Education course lasts three or four years.
Master of Arts/Science/Education etc
▪ He addressed more than 100 businessmen studying for a Master of Arts Business Administration exam.
▪ Miss Sue Lawley, journalist and broadcaster. Master of Arts.
▪ Miss Tessa Sanderson, international athlete. Master of Science.
▪ Spenser could consider himself a gentleman only on the basis of having been to university and acquired a Master of Arts degree.
Renaissance art/furniture/architecture etc
▪ Little Renaissance furniture survives intact, and the present catalogue will go a long way to furthering its understanding.
▪ That year, several superb works of Renaissance art were sold without publicity to private investors.
Romantic art/literature etc
▪ One of the characteristics of Romantic literature is the interaction or rapport between man and nature.
get sth down to a fine art
make/turn sth into an art form
▪ Ronald Reagan turned it into an art form.
▪ To avoid simultaneous borrowing and depositing you should monitor how accurate your forecasting is, without turning this into an art form.
the fine arts
the performing arts
EXAMPLES FROM OTHER ENTRIES
art class
Art critics were not impressed by the collection.
▪ an art exhibit
▪ Ben was always good at art.
▪ I studied art at school.
▪ Is a pile of bricks in a museum really art?
▪ Many people find it difficult to understand abstract art.
▪ Phil has turned sandwich-making into an art.
▪ The statue is a fine example of early Christian art.
▪ There was an exhibition of Adams' paintings at the Museum of Modern Art.
EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS
▪ Creative collaboration occurs in other arts as well.
▪ Hamilton, who was a great student of folk art, was driving us in the school van.
▪ He gave art an openly political meaning and did not appreciate the artist as an individual dissenting voice.
▪ I could tour it just like a normal album but I could use the art circuit as kind of a base audience.
▪ Nelson was hired this school year to help infuse art into the school's curriculum.
▪ Starling was not only posted on art, he had read books.
▪ The self-defence side of the art is perhaps self-explanatory.
▪ Too late for art and too late for the denial of art.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Art

Art \Art\ ([aum]rt). The second person singular, indicative mode, present tense, of the substantive verb Be; but formed after the analogy of the plural are, with the ending -t, as in thou shalt, wilt, orig. an ending of the second person sing. pret. Cf. Be. Now used only in solemn or poetical style.

Art

Art \Art\ ([aum]rt), n. [F. art, L. ars, artis, orig., skill in joining or fitting; prob. akin to E. arm, aristocrat, article.]

  1. The employment of means to accomplish some desired end; the adaptation of things in the natural world to the uses of life; the application of knowledge or power to practical purposes.

    Blest with each grace of nature and of art.
    --Pope.

  2. A system of rules serving to facilitate the performance of certain actions; a system of principles and rules for attaining a desired end; method of doing well some special work; -- often contradistinguished from science or speculative principles; as, the art of building or engraving; the art of war; the art of navigation.

    Science is systematized knowledge . . . Art is knowledge made efficient by skill.
    --J. F. Genung.

  3. The systematic application of knowledge or skill in effecting a desired result. Also, an occupation or business requiring such knowledge or skill.

    The fishermen can't employ their art with so much success in so troubled a sea.
    --Addison.

  4. The application of skill to the production of the beautiful by imitation or design, or an occupation in which skill is so employed, as in painting and sculpture; one of the fine arts; as, he prefers art to literature.

  5. pl. Those branches of learning which are taught in the academical course of colleges; as, master of arts.

    In fearless youth we tempt the heights of arts.
    --Pope.

    Four years spent in the arts (as they are called in colleges) is, perhaps, laying too laborious a foundation.
    --Goldsmith.

  6. Learning; study; applied knowledge, science, or letters.

    So vast is art, so narrow human wit.
    --Pope.

  7. Skill, dexterity, or the power of performing certain actions, acquired by experience, study, or observation; knack; as, a man has the art of managing his business to advantage.

  8. Skillful plan; device.

    They employed every art to soothe . . . the discontented warriors.
    --Macaulay.

  9. Cunning; artifice; craft.

    Madam, I swear I use no art at all.
    --Shak.

    Animals practice art when opposed to their superiors in strength.
    --Crabb.

  10. The black art; magic. [Obs.]
    --Shak.

    Art and part (Scots Law), share or concern by aiding and abetting a criminal in the perpetration of a crime, whether by advice or by assistance in the execution; complicity.

    Note: The arts are divided into various classes.

    The useful arts,

    The mechanical arts, or

    The industrial arts are those in which the hands and body are more concerned than the mind; as in making clothes and utensils. These are called trades.

    The fine arts are those which have primarily to do with imagination and taste, and are applied to the production of what is beautiful. They include poetry, music, painting, engraving, sculpture, and architecture; but the term is often confined to painting, sculpture, and architecture.

    The liberal arts (artes liberales, the higher arts, which, among the Romans, only freemen were permitted to pursue) were, in the Middle Ages, these seven branches of learning, -- grammar, logic, rhetoric, arithmetic, geometry, music, and astronomy. In modern times the liberal arts include the sciences, philosophy, history, etc., which compose the course of academical or collegiate education. Hence, degrees in the arts; master and bachelor of arts.

    In America, literature and the elegant arts must grow up side by side with the coarser plants of daily necessity.
    --Irving.

    Syn: Science; literature; aptitude; readiness; skill; dexterity; adroitness; contrivance; profession; business; trade; calling; cunning; artifice; duplicity. See Science.

Wikipedia

ART

ART may refer to:

Art (disambiguation)

Art refers to works of creative expression, and also to a skill, a learned applied technique

Art (given name)

Art is an Irish language masculine given name, originating in Irish mythology. Though the English name Arthur is frequently shortened to Art, the Irish name Art is wrongly anglicised as Arthur.

Art (Art Farmer album)

Art is an album by trumpeter Art Farmer, featuring performances recorded in 1960 and originally released on the Argo label. Farmer stated in 1995 that the album, which consists mainly of ballads, was his favorite.

Art (play)

Art is a French-language play by Yasmina Reza that premiered on 28 October 1994 at Comédie des Champs-Élysées in Paris. The English-language adaptation, translated by Christopher Hampton, opened in London's West End on 15 October 1996, starring Albert Finney, Tom Courtenay and Ken Stott, produced by David Pugh and Sean Connery, running for eight years.

Art played on Broadway in New York from February 12, 1998 to August 8, 1999, again produced by Pugh and Connery, plus Joan Cullman. The March 1, 1998 opening-night cast featured Alan Alda (Marc), Victor Garber (Serge), and Alfred Molina (Yvan), who was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Actor in a Play for his performance. Art won the Tony for Best Play and went on to a 600-performance run. Replacement actors included Judd Hirsch, Joe Morton, George Wendt, Buck Henry, George Segal, and Wayne Knight.

The comedy, which raises questions about art and friendship, concerns three long-time friends, Serge, Marc, and Yvan. Serge, indulging his penchant for modern art, buys a large, expensive, completely white painting. Marc is horrified, and their relationship suffers considerable strain as a result of their differing opinions about what constitutes "art". Yvan, caught in the middle of the conflict, tries to please and mollify both of them.

The play is not divided into acts and scenes in the traditional manner, but it does nevertheless fall into sections (numbered 1–17 by Pigeat). Some of these are dialogues between two characters, several are monologues where one of the characters addresses the audience directly, and one is a conversation among all three. At the beginning and end of the play, and for most of the scenes set in Serge's flat, the large white painting is on prominent display.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

art

second person present indicative of be; Old English eart. Also see are (v.).

art

"produced with conscious artistry," as opposed to popular or folk, 1890, from art (n.), possibly from influence of German kunstlied "art song." E.g. art film (1960); art rock (1968).

art

early 13c., "skill as a result of learning or practice," from Old French art (10c.), from Latin artem (nominative ars) "work of art; practical skill; a business, craft," from PIE *ar-ti- (cognates: Sanskrit rtih "manner, mode;" Greek arti "just," artios "complete, suitable," artizein "to prepare;" Latin artus "joint;" Armenian arnam "make;" German art "manner, mode"), from root *ar- "fit together, join" (see arm (n.1)).\n

\nIn Middle English usually with a sense of "skill in scholarship and learning" (c.1300), especially in the seven sciences, or liberal arts. This sense remains in Bachelor of Arts, etc. Meaning "human workmanship" (as opposed to nature) is from late 14c. Sense of "cunning and trickery" first attested c.1600. Meaning "skill in creative arts" is first recorded 1610s; especially of painting, sculpture, etc., from 1660s. Broader sense of the word remains in artless.\n

\nFine arts, "those which appeal to the mind and the imagination" first recorded 1767. Expression art for art's sake (1824) translates French l'art pour l'art. First record of art critic is from 1847. Arts and crafts "decorative design and handcraft" first attested in the Arts and Crafts Exhibition Society, founded in London, 1888.\n\nSupreme art is a traditional statement of certain heroic and religious truths, passed on from age to age, modified by individual genius, but never abandoned. The revolt of individualism came because the tradition had become degraded, or rather because a spurious copy had been accepted in its stead.

[William Butler Yeats]

Wiktionary

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WordNet

art

  1. n. the products of human creativity; works of art collectively; "an art exhibition"; "a fine collection of art" [syn: fine art]

  2. the creation of beautiful or significant things; "art does not need to be innovative to be good"; "I was never any good at art"; "he said that architecture is the art of wasting space beautifully" [syn: artistic creation, artistic production]

  3. a superior skill that you can learn by study and practice and observation; "the art of conversation"; "it's quite an art" [syn: artistry, prowess]

  4. photographs or other visual representations in a printed publication; "the publisher was responsible for all the artwork in the book" [syn: artwork, graphics, nontextual matter]

Gazetteer

Usage examples of "art".

I have heard tell of thee: thou art abiding the turn of the days up at the castle yonder, as others have done before thee.

For I spake with thee, it is nigh two years agone, when thou wert abiding the coming of our Lady in the castle yonder But now I see of thee that thou art brighter-faced, and mightier of aspect than aforetime, and it is in my mind that the Lady of Abundance must have loved thee and holpen thee, and blessed thee with some great blessing.

But whatever may be the phases of the arts, there is the abiding principle of symmetry in the body of man, that goes erect, like an upright soul.

I am ignorant by what arts they could determine the lofty emperor of the Greeks to abjure the catechism of his infancy, and to persecute the religion of his fathers.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS The author wishes to acknowledge the Aboriginal Arts Board of the Australia Council and the Australian Institute of Aboriginal Studies for their financial assistance with the preparation of this book.

To what but a cultivation of the mechanical arts in a degree disproportioned to the presence of the creative faculty, which is the basis of all knowledge, is to be attributed the abuse of all invention for abridging and combining labour, to the exasperation of the inequality of mankind?

He was sitting in a music hall one evening, sipping his absinth and admiring the art of a certain famous Russian dancer, when he caught a passing glimpse of a pair of evil black eyes upon him.

The reason why I did not acquaint you last night that I professed this art, was, that I then concluded you was under the hands of another gentleman, and I never love to interfere with my brethren in their business.

Here, reader, it may be necessary to acquaint thee with some matters, which, if thou dost know already, thou art wiser than I take thee to be.

In the guise of performance art, Actionists like Nitsch, Muehl and Schwarzkogler had conducted animal sacrifices in public.

When the return of famine severely admonished them of the importance of the arts, the national distress was sometimes alleviated by the emigration of a third, perhaps, or a fourth part of their youth.

This glorious deliverance would be speedily improved and magnified by the pious art of the clergy of Jerusalem, and the active credulity of the Christian world and, at the distance of twenty years, a Roman historian, careless of theological disputes, might adorn his work with the specious and splendid miracle.

Finally, after having remarked that times of tranquillity were the proper seasons for lessening the national debt, and strengthening the kingdom against future events, he recommended to the commons the improvement of the public revenue, the maintenance of a considerable naval force, the advancement of commerce, and the cultivation of the arts of peace.

The art of advocacy was being exercised between an Irishman and a Scotchman, which made the English language quite a hotch-potch of equivocal words and a babel of sounds.

France has revolutionized the art, and every other aerialist in the world is following his lead.