What Art Is Online

Supplement to What Art Is: The Esthetic Theory of Ayn Rand (Open Court, 2000)
by Louis Torres & Michelle Marder Kamhi

Appendix A [Part I]

New Forms of Art

Reprinted from What Art Is. For examples invented (or learned of) since the book's printing, see Part II below.

Following are some of the alleged art forms invented since the beginning of the twentieth century. As a rule, if the term "art" is preceded by qualifiers such as "conceptual," "incendiary," or "Pop," one can be reasonably certain that the work in question is not art by the standards outlined in this book.

Abstract art
Appropriation art
Artists' book
Assemblage art (Assemblage)
Billboard art
Body art (Tabooing, Piercing, Body Modification, etc.)
Book art (also Offset-book art)
Byte art (see Computer art, Web art)
Cartography (see Map art)
Ceiling piece (see Floor piece, Wall piece)
Ceramic art
Circus art
Computer art (also Byte art, Web art)
Conceptual art
Crop art (wheat field, for example, seen from the air)
Cyber-art (also Net art, Web art)
Dance piece
Designated art
Digital art
Documentary film
Earth art (also Land art)
Electronic art
Environmental art
Environmental theater
Experimental art (dance, fiction, poetry, theater, etc.)
Floor piece (also Ceiling piece, Wall piece)
Found object
Fountains (also Hydraulic art, Water sculpture)
Fractal art
Furniture art
Glass art
Goth art
Graffiti [more] (also Aerosol art, Tag art, and Wall art--all in Part II)
Hydraulic art (also Fountains, Water sculpture)
Incendiary art (Fireworks)
Installation art
Interactive art
Interface art
Internet art
Junk art
Kinetic sculpture
Land art (also Earth art, Environmental art)
Light sculpture
Lighting design
Literary translation
Mail art (also Postal art)
Map art (also Cartography)
Media art
Minimal art (Minimalist painting and sculpture)
Mixed media
Net art (also Cyber art, Web art)
Op art
Organic sculpture
Participatory art
Participatory installation (also Installation)
Performance art
Pop art
Postal art (also Mail art)
Procedural art
Process art
Puppetry (Puppet art)
Quilt art
Radio art
Robotic art (Robot art)
Scanned art
Sculpture installation
Sculptural simulacra art
Site-specific art
Sonic art
Stage lighting
Street art
Tag art (also Graffiti art)
Telecommunications art
Telematic art
Telepresence art
Text-intensive painting
Theater piece
Verbatim art
Video art
Virtual art
Wall piece (also Ceiling piece, Floor piece)
Water sculpture (also Fountains, Hydraulic art)
Weather art
Web art (also Cyber art, Net art)

Appendix A - Part II

New Forms of 'Art'

In the Introduction to What Art Is, we referred to the "bizarre alleged art forms [that] have proliferated at a dizzying rate" since the first decade of the twentieth century. Appendix A (reprinted above from the book) cites examples then known to us. Listed below are examples invented--or learned of--since the book's publication. Some terms overlap in meaning.

Acrobatic dance
Aerial dance
Aerosol art (also Graffiti [Part I], Tag art, Wall art)
Air ballet
Aquatic dance
Audio art (also Sound art)
Audio-walk art
Autobiographical art (see also Confessional art and Victim art)
Bamboo sculpture
Bioart [more]
Body prints [more]
Botanical art (botanical illustration)
Body piercing (see Body art, in Part I)
Carcass art (also Taxidermy) [warning: not pleasant viewing]
Cast sculpture (by Rachel Whiteread)
Cell phone music
Cell phone art
Computer-controlled interactive installations (see Interactive
Computer music
Computer graphics
Concrete poetry [more: see definition and examples]
Confessional art [more] [more] [more] (also Autobiographical art, Victim art)
Constructivist sculpture
Corpse art
Crop art
Design art (see Furniture art, in Part I)
Desktop design
Documentary film
Documentary theater [more] [more] [more] (see Reality-based theater)
Driftwood art
Earth art (see also Environmental assemblage art and Environmental sculpture, below, and Environmental art, in Part I)
Eat art [more] (also Edible art, Food art)
Edible art (also Eat art, Food art, Meat art))
Electronic literature
Envelope art (see also Mail art, Postal art, in Part I) Environmental assemblage art
Environmental sculpture (also Environmental art, in Part I)
Fern sculpture
Fabric sculpture
Fiber art (also Textile art)
Fireworks (also Pyrotechnics and Incendiary art, in Part I)
Flarf [an "experimental" poetry genre]
Floral sculpture (flower design)
Food art (see also Eat art, Edible art, Meat art)
Found art [more] (also Readymade art; see Found object, in Part I)
Found poetry [more] [more] (also Found text)
Found text (also Found poetry)
Functional art [more]
Games [see Video Games for links]
Garbage art (also Sanitation art)
Gene art (as in genetics)
Habitable sculpture (by architect Philip Johnson)
High-tech art
Improvisational installation art
Information art
Intervention art [more] (Interventionist art; also, "Activist art"; a sub-genre of "Performance art")
Jewelry art
Kinetic art (genre, abstract painting; see also Kinetic sculpture, Part I)
Language art (see also Word-works)
Living sculpture
Lowercase sound (type of electronic music)
Meat art (also Food art, Eat art, Edible art)
Minerals (rocks, gems, crystals)
Molecular art
Mugshot [more]
Multimedia art
Neon art
Neon sculpture (see also Light sculpture, Part I)
New media art
Olfactory art (also Sniff art, Scent installation, Scent sculpture)
Performance sculpture (also Social artwork, Social sculpture)
Musical performance art
Portraiture art
Process art
Pyrotechnics (also Fireworks)
Radiology art
Readymade art (also Found art; see also Found object in Part I, above)
Real-life confession (also Docudrama, Documentary theater, Reality-based theater, Stage biography)
Reality-based theater (also Docudrama, Documentary theater, Real-life confession, Stage biography)
Recycled plastic bag art
Reed sculpture (as in botanical reeds)
Sanitation art (also Garbage art)
Scent installation (also Olfactory art, Scent sculpture, Sniff art)
Scent sculpture (also Olfactory art, Scent installation, Sniff art)
Sniff art (also Olfactory art, Scent installation, Scent sculpture)
Social artwork (also Performance sculpture, Social sculpture)
Social sculpture (also Performance sculpture, Social artwork)
Software art (see Computer art, in Part I)
Sound art [more] (also Audio art, above, and Sonic art, in Part I)
Sound collage
Sound environment
Sound painting
Sound score (music)
Soundscape art
Stage biography (also Documentary Theater, Docudrama, Reality-based theater, Real-life confession)
Sticker art [scroll down to find]
Tag art (also Aerosol art, Graffiti [Part I], and Wall art)
Tape art [more]
Tattoo art (see also Body art, in Part I)
Taxidermy (also Carcass art)
Text art [more] (also Text-intensive painting, in Part I)
Textile art (also Fiber art)
Theater of testimony (also Verbatim theater)
3-D computer-generated art
Toothpick sculpture
Trapeze dance
Verbatim theater [more] (also Theater of testimony)
Vertical dance
Victim art [search for "victim" in related article by Aristos Award -winning dance critic Arlene Croce] (see also Confessional art, Autobiographical art)
Video games [more] [also Games]
Virtual environment
Virtual reality art
Yarn sculpture (by Fred Sandback) [more] [more]
Wall art (also Aerosol art, Graffiti [Part I], and Tag art)
Wall work
Websites (see Web art, in Part I)
Wheelchair dance
Word-works [more: search for Kay Rosen] (see also Language art]

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