Monday, April 2, 2012

Art Definitions

I caroused too enthusiastically last night so today I feel like lemon squeezed of all my juice. In lieu of a post on something of import in the art world I can only offer a sampling of definitions from one source or another that pins up and pins down the art world. Language is the essential communicator that transfers and translates what is, has and may come to pass in the arts. Sometimes getting back to the basics, to the core of what things are vaulted upon or thrashed to pieces by is the best way to remember what it is all about.

Abstract: thought of apart from concrete realities, specific objects, or actual instances

Aesthetic: of or concerning the appreciation of beauty or good taste: the aesthetic faculties./ characterized by a heightened sensitivity to beauty.

Art: the expression or application of human creative skill and imagination, typically in a visual form such as painting or sculpture, producing works to be appreciated primarily for their beauty or emotional power.

Artist: a person who creates art. / a person who creates art as an occupation./ a person who is skilled at some activity.

Collector: an official who collects funds or moneys./ a person who makes a collection./ an object or device that collects.

Conceptualism: a theory in philosophy intermediate between realism and nominalism that universals exist in the mind as concepts of discourse or as predicates which may be properly affirmed of reality.

Creativity: the ability to transcend traditional ideas, rules, patterns, relationships, or the like, and to create meaningful new ideas, forms, methods, interpretations, etc.; originality, progressiveness, or imagination.

Critic: a person who tends too readily to make captious, trivial, or harsh judgments; faultfinder./ one who forms and expresses judgments of the merits, faults, value, or truth of a matter./ one who specializes especially professionally in the evaluation and appreciation of literary or artistic.

Curator: one who has the care and superintendence of something; especially : one in charge of a museum, zoo, or other place of exhibit.

Exhibition: an act or instance of exhibiting./ a public showing (as of works of art, objects of manufacture, or athletic skill).

Fine Art: Art produced or intended primarily for beauty rather than utility.

Gallery: a roofed promenade, especially one extending along the wall of a building and supported by arches or columns on the outer side./ a long enclosed passage, such as a hallway or corridor./ a building, an institution, or a room for the exhibition of artistic work./an underground passage made by a mole or ant or a passage made in wood by an insect (as a beetle).

Minimalism: a style or technique (as in music, literature, or design) that is characterized by extreme spareness and simplicity.

Modernism: modern character, tendencies, or values; adherence to or sympathy with what is modern./ explicitly rejecting the ideology of realism, and makes use of the works of the past, through the application of reprise, incorporation, rewriting, recapitulation, revision and parody in new form; rejects the lingering certainty of Enlightenment thinking, as well as the idea of a compassionate, all-powerful Creator.

Museum: an institution devoted to the procurement, care, study, and display of objects of lasting interest or value; also : a place where objects are exhibited.

Painting: the process, art, or occupation of coating surfaces with paint for a utilitarian or artistic effect.

Process: a continuous action, operation, or series of changes taking place in a definite manner.

Sculpture: the art of making two- or three-dimensional representative or abstract forms.

Visual: of, relating to, or used in vision./ attained or maintained by sight./ producing mental images./ done or executed by sight only./ of, relating to, or employing visual aids.