Art form



the more or less established structure, pattern, or scheme followed in shaping an artistic work:
The sonata, the sonnet, and the novel are all art forms.
a medium for artistic expression:
ballet, sculpture, opera, and other art forms.
a medium other than the artistic regarded as having highly developed or systematized rules, procedures, or formulations:
international diplomacy regarded as an art form.
Contemporary Examples

Like everything else he touched, Roth made an art form out of schnorring.
Joseph Roth’s Letters Reveal a Great Forgotten Writer Anthony Heilbut February 9, 2012

Instead, he wrote comedy and in the process created an art form that influenced a generation.
Doug Kenney: The Odd Comic Genius Behind ‘Animal House’ and National Lampoon Robert Sam Anson February 28, 2014

Why does “[t]here seem… to be so very much left to say in figuring out this art form on its own terms”?
Nosing Out the Meaning of Scent Blake Gopnik February 20, 2013

Music anchors and unites creative endeavors in a way no other art form can.
The Music Industry Is Dying? Great James Poulos December 25, 2013

In the 1840s, blackface was the most popular “art form” in America.
Why It’s Time to End Blackface, Finally Soraya Roberts October 30, 2013

Historical Examples

The prime deficiency of the woodcut as an art form lay in the division of labor which the process permitted.
John Baptist Jackson Jacob Kainen

It may be said that, as an art form, it has achieved that distinction.
Contemporary One-Act Plays Sir James M. Barrie

Science and art form two means of assimilation: The one by means of absorption, the other by means of emanation.
Delsarte System of Oratory Various

And so with the stage, with sculpture, with opera, with every art form.
Martin Eden Jack London

Perhaps in no other art form were the tensions and transformations in the arts more conspicuous than in landscape gardening.
A Dialogue upon the Gardens William Gilpin

noun
a conventionally established form of artistic composition, such as the symphony or the sonnet
a recognized medium of artistic expression

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