"Fine art" is any
art formdeveloped primarily for aesthetics rather than utility. [ [http://www.answers.com/fine+art&r=67 fine arts] www.answers.com] This type of art is often expressed in a limited number of visual and performing artforms, including painting, sculpture, dance, theatre, architectureand printmaking. Schools, institutes, and other organizations still use the term to indicate a traditional perspective on the art forms, often implying an association with classic or academic art.
The word "fine" does not so much denote the quality of the artwork in question, but the purity of the discipline.
"Imitation, then, is one instinct of our nature. Next, there is the instinct for 'harmony' and rhythm, meters being manifestly sections of rhythm. Persons, therefore, starting with this natural gift developed by degrees their special aptitudes, till their rude improvisations gave birth to Poetry." -Aristotle [Aristotle. The Poetics, Republic. Note: Although speaking mostly of poetry here, the Ancient greeks often speak of the arts collectively. http://www.authorama.com/the-poetics-2.html]This definition tends to exclude visual art forms that could be considered craftwork or
applied art, such as textiles. The more recent term " visual arts" is widely considered to be a more inclusive and descriptive phrase for today's variety of current art practices, and for the multitude of media in which high art is now more widely recognized to occur.
The term is still often used outside of the arts to denote when someone has perfected an activity to a very high level of skill. For example, one might metaphorically say that "
Pelétook football to the level of a "fine art"."
That fine art is seen as being distinct from applied arts is largely the result of an issue raised in Britain by the conflict between the followers of the
Arts and Crafts Movement, including William Morris, and the early modernists, including Virginia Woolfand the Bloomsbury Group. The former sought to bring socialist principles to bear on the arts by including the more commonplace crafts of the masses within the realm of the arts, while the modernists sought to keep artistic endeavor as exclusive and esoteric.
Confusion often occurs when people mistakenly refer to the Fine Arts but mean the Performing Arts (Music, Dance, Drama, etc). However, there is some disagreement here, as, for example, at
York University, Fine Arts is a faculty that includes the "traditional" fine arts, design, "and" the "Performing Arts". Furthermore, creative writingis frequently considered a fine art as well.
illustrationis a visualization such as a drawing, painting, photographor other work of artthat stresses subject more than form. The aim of an illustration is to elucidate or decorate textual information (such as a story, poem or newspaperarticle) by providing a visual representation.
Painting and drawing
Drawingis a form of visual expression and is one of the major forms within the visual arts. Common instruments include graphite pencils, pen and ink, inked brushes, wax color pencils, crayons, charcoals, chalk, pastels, markers, stylus, or various metals like silverpoint. There are a number of subcategories of drawing, including cartooning. Certain drawing methods or approaches, such as " doodling" and other informal kinds of drawing such as drawing in the fog a showerleaves on a bathroom mirror, or the surrealist method of " entopic graphomania," in which dots are made at the sites of impurities in a blank sheet of paper, and lines are then made between the dots, may or may not be considered as part of "drawing" as a "fine art." Comicsare a graphicmedium in which imagesare utilised in order to convey a sequential narrative. Comics are typically seen as a low art [cite book | author=Dowd, Douglas Bevan | coauthors=Hignite, Todd | title=Strips, Toons, and Bluesies: Essays in Comics and Culture | publisher=Princeton Architectural Press | year=2006 | id=ISBN 1568986211] [cite book | author=Varnedoe, Kirk | coauthors=Gopnik, Adam | title=Modern Art and Popular Culture: Readings in High & Low | year=1990 | publisher=Abrams in association with the Museum of Modern Art | isbn=0870703560] [cite book | author=Bollinger, Tim | editor="Nga Pakiwaituhi o Aotearoa: New Zealand Comics", Horrocks, Dylan (ed.) | year=2000 | publisher=Hicksville Press | title=Comics in the Antipodes: a low art in a low place | isbn=0-473-06708-0] [cite book | author=Gold, Glen David | editor="Masters of American Comics", Carlin, John, Karasik, Paul & Walker, Brian (ed.) | title=Jack Kirby | pages=262 | publisher=Yale University Press | year=2005 | isbn=030011317X] [cite book | author=Fielder, Leslie | editor="Arguing Comics: Literary Masters on a Popular Medium", Heer, Jeet & Worcester, Kent (ed.)| title=The Middle Against Both Ends | origyear=1955 | year=2004 | publisher=Univ. Press of Mississippi | pages=132 | isbn=1578066875] [cite book | author=Groensteen, Thierry | title=Why are Comics Still in Search of Cultural Legitimization? | editor="Comics & Culture: Analytical and Theoretical Approaches to Comics", Anne Magnussen & Hans-Christian Christiansen (ed.)| publisher=Museum Tusculanum Press | year=2000 | isbn=8772895802 ] , although there are a few exceptions, such as Krazy Kat[Gilbert Seldes, "The 7 Lively Arts", Harper, 1924, ASIN B000M1MMBC] and Barnaby. In the late 20th and early 21st century there has been a movement to rehabilitate the medium.
Printmaking and imaging
Printmakingis the processof making artworks by printing, normally on paper. Except in the case of monotyping, the process is capable of producing multiples of the same piece, which is called a print. Each piece is not a copy but an original since it is not a reproduction of another work of art and is technically known as an impression. Painting or drawing, on the other hand, create a unique original piece of artwork. Prints are created from a single original surface, known technically as a matrix. Common types of matrices include: plates of metal, usually copper or zinc for engravingor etching; stone, used for lithography; blocks of wood for woodcuts, linoleum for linocuts and fabric plates for screen-printing. But there are many other kinds, discussed below. Works printed from a single plate create an edition, in modern times usually each signed and numbered to form a limited edition. Prints may also be published in book form, as artist's books. A single print could be the product of one or multiple techniques. Fine art photographyrefers to photographs that are created to fulfill the creative vision of the artist. Fine art photography stands in contrast to photojournalism and commercial photography. Photojournalism provides visual support for stories, mainly in the print media. "Fine art photography" is created primarily as an expression of the artist’s vision, but has also been important in advancing certain causes. The work of Ansel Adams' in Yosemiteand Yellowstoneprovides an example. Adams is one of the most widely recognized fine art photographers of the 20th century, and was an avid promoter of conservation. While his primary focus was on photography as art, his work raised public awareness of the beauty of the Sierra Nevadamountains and helped to build political support for their protection.
Sculptureis three-dimensional artwork created by shaping hard or plasticmaterial, commonly stone (either rock or marble), metal, or wood. Some sculptures are created directly by carving; others are assembled, built up and fired, welded, molded, or cast. Because sculpture involves the use of materialsthat can be moulded or modulated, it is considered one of the plastic arts. The majority of public artis sculpture. Many sculptures together in a gardensetting may be referred to as a sculpture garden.
Danceis an artform that generally refers to movement of the body, usually rhythmic and to music, [ [http://www.britannica.com/eb/article-9110116/dance britannica] ] used as a form of expression, socialinteraction or presented in a spiritual or performancesetting."Dance" is also used to describe methods of non-verbal communication(see body language) between humans or animals (bee dance, patterns of behaviour such as a mating dance), motion in inanimate objects ("the leavesdanced in the wind"), and certain musical forms or genres. In sports, gymnastics, figure skatingand synchronized swimmingare "dance" disciplines while martial arts"kata" are often compared to dances.
theatreis dominated by realism, including dramaand comedy. Another popular Western form is musical theater. Classical forms of theatre, including Greek and Roman drama, classic English drama including Shakespeareand Marloweand French theater including Molièreis still performed today. In addition, performances of classic Eastern forms such as Nohand Kabukican be found in the West, although with less frequency. Fine arts filmis a term that encompasses high quality motion pictures and the field of film as an fine artform. A fine arts movie theater are venues, usually a building, for viewing such movies. Films are produced by recordingimages from the world with cameras, or by creating images using animationtechniques or special effects. Films are cultural artifacts created by specific cultures, which reflect those cultures, and, in turn, affect them. Film is considered to be an important artform, a source of popular entertainment and a powerful method for educating — or indoctrinating — citizens. The visual elements of cinema gives motion pictures a universal power of communication. Some films have become popular worldwide attractions by using dubbing or subtitlesthat translate the dialogue. Cinematographyis the discipline of making lighting and camerachoices when recording photographic images for the cinema. It is closely related to the art of still photography, though many additional issues arise when both the camera and elements of the scene may be in motion. Independent filmmakingoften takes place outside of Hollywood, or other major studio systems. An independent film (or indie film) is a film initially produced without financing or distribution from a major movie studio. Creative, business, and technological reasons have all contributed to the growth of the indie film scene in the late 20th and early 21st century.
Architectureis frequently considered a fine art, especially if its aesthetic components are spotlighted [in contrast to structural-engineering or construction-management components] . Architectural works are perceived as cultural and political symbols and works of art. Historical civilizations are often known primarily through their architectural achievements. Such buildings as the pyramidsof Egypt and the Roman Colosseumare cultural symbols, and are an important link in public consciousness, even when scholarshave discovered much about a past civilization through other means. Cities, regions and cultures continue to identify themselves with (and are known by) their architectural monuments. [The Tower Bridge, the Eiffel Towerand the Colosseumare representative of the buildings used on advertising brochures.]
Western art musicis a performing art and frequently considered a fine art. Avant-garde musicis frequently considered both a performing art and a fine art. Electronic Media(perhaps the newest medium for fine art, since it utilizes modern technologies such as computer hardware and software from production to presentation. Includes amongst other things video, digital photography, digital printmaking and interactive pieces). Textiles, including quilt artand "wearables" or "pre-wearables" frequently considered fine art if part of an art display
An academic course of study in fine art may include a
Bachelor of Fine Artsand/or a Master of Fine Artsdegree. Doctor of Fine Artsdegrees (earned as opposed to honorary degrees) have begun to emerge as well at some academic institutions.
Mathematics and art
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* Hegel, G. W. F. (1998). [http://books.google.com/books?id=Iw-maVonxV4C Aesthetics: lectures on fine art] . Oxford: Clarendon Press.
* Caffin, Charles Henry. (1901). [http://books.google.com/books?id=_c1AAAAAIAAJ Photography as a fine art; the achievements and possibilities of photographic art in America] . New York: Doubleday, Page & Co.
* Rossetti, W. M. (1867). [http://books.google.com/books?id=AL0DAAAAYAAJ Fine art, chiefly contemporary: notices re-printed, with revisions] . London: Macmillan.
* Neville, H. (1875). [http://books.google.com/books?id=gS5DAAAAIAAJ The stage: its past and present in relation to fine art] . London: R. Bentley and Son.
* Torrey, J. (1874). [http://books.google.com/books?id=x_cNAAAAYAAJ A theory of fine art] . New York: Scribner, Armstrong, and Co.
* Weale, J. (1860). [http://books.google.com/books?id=9qwAAAAAMAAJ Rudimentary dictionary of terms used in architecture, civil, architecture, naval, building and construction, early and ecclesiastical art, engineering, civil, engineering, mechanical, fine art, mining, surveying, etc] . London: Weale.
* Hegel, G. W. F., & Bosanquet, B. (1905). [http://books.google.com/books?id=YmgRAAAAYAAJ The introduction to Hegel's Philosophy of fine art] . London: K. Paul, Trench &.
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* [http://www.asiaing.com/united-states-senate-catalogue-of-fine-art.html "United States Senate Catalogue of Fine Art"] , U.S. Senate Commission on Art (2002). Available in PDF format.
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