Portal:Visual arts



The visual arts are art forms such as painting, drawing, printmaking, sculpture, ceramics, photography, video, filmmaking, design, crafts, and architecture. Many artistic disciplines such as performing arts, conceptual art, textile arts also involve aspects of visual arts as well as arts of other types. Also included within the visual arts are the applied arts such as industrial design, graphic design, fashion design, interior design and decorative art.

Current usage of the term "visual arts" includes fine art as well as the applied or decorative arts and crafts, but this was not always the case. Before the Arts and Crafts Movement in Britain and elsewhere at the turn of the 20th century, the term 'artist' had for some centuries often been restricted to a person working in the fine arts (such as painting, sculpture, or printmaking) and not the decorative arts, craft, or applied art media. The distinction was emphasized by artists of the Arts and Crafts Movement, who valued vernacular art forms as much as high forms. Art schools made a distinction between the fine arts and the crafts, maintaining that a craftsperson could not be considered a practitioner of the arts.

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The Tetons and the Snake River by Ansel Adams

Ansel Adams, whose The Tetons and the Snake River (1942, Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming) is pictured here, is best known for his black and white photographs of California's Yosemite Valley.

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Raising the Flag on Iwo Jima
Raising the Flag on Iwo Jima is an iconic photograph taken on February 23, 1945 by Joe Rosenthal. It depicts five United States Marines and a U.S. Navy corpsman raising the Flag of the United States atop Mount Suribachi during the Battle of Iwo Jima in World War II. The photograph was instantly popular, being reprinted in hundreds of publications. Later, it became the only photograph to win the Pulitzer Prize for Photography in the same year as its publication, and ultimately came to be regarded as one of the most significant and recognizable images in history, and possibly the most reproduced photograph of all time. Of the six men depicted in the picture, three (Franklin Sousley, Harlon Block, and Michael Strank) did not survive the battle; the three survivors (John Bradley, Rene Gagnon, and Ira Hayes) became suddenly famous. The photograph was later used by Felix de Weldon to sculpt the USMC War Memorial, located just outside Washington, D.C.

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Drawing is the honesty of the art. There is no possibility of cheating. It is either good or bad.
Salvador Dalí, People (September 27, 1976)

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El Lissitzky's 1914 self portrait
El Lissitzky was a Russian artist, designer, photographer, teacher, typographer, and architect. He was one of the most important figures of the Russian avant-garde, helping develop suprematism with his friend and mentor, Kazimir Malevich, and designed numerous exhibition displays and propaganda works for the former Soviet Union. His work greatly influenced the Bauhaus, Constructivist, and De Stijl movements and experimented with production techniques and stylistic devices that would go on to dominate 20th century graphic design. Lissitzky's entire career was laced with the belief that the artist could be an agent for change, later summarised with his edict, "das zielbewußte Schaffen" (The task-oriented creation). In 1941 he produced one of his last known works — a Soviet propaganda poster rallying the people to construct more tanks for the fight against Nazi Germany.

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Visual arts(61 C, 56 P)
Art by city(14 C)
Art by location(4 C)
Art by region(14 C, 7 P)
Art by subject(53 C, 2 P)
Arts by ethnicity(7 C, 1 P)
Art media(59 C, 100 P)
Works of art(39 C, 7 P)
Art collections(9 C, 6 P)
Lists of visual art topics(8 C, 24 P)
Architecture(46 C, 178 P)
Art by animals(1 C, 8 P)
Art by religion(9 C, 1 P)
Artist colonies(4 C, 80 P)
Artist residencies(14 P)
Artists(38 C, 4 P)
Audiovisual art(2 C, 4 P)
Art awards(15 C, 81 P)
Visual arts bibliographies(3 C, 2 P)
Black-and-white media(6 C, 6 P)
Book arts(9 C, 61 P)
Business of visual arts(2 C, 24 P)
Calligraphy(8 C, 43 P)
Composition in visual art(1 C, 41 P)
Art conferences(8 P)
Design(54 C, 222 P)
Digital art(11 C, 133 P)
Drawing(8 C, 52 P)
Art education(13 C, 48 P)
Engraving(3 C, 40 P)
Art exhibitions(17 C, 79 P)
Art festivals(9 C, 15 P)
Art genres(78 C, 203 P)
Handicrafts(19 C, 87 P)
Art history(41 C, 154 P)
Art libraries(6 P)
Art magazines(20 C, 117 P)
Art manifestos(15 P)
Art materials(23 C, 106 P)
Art movements(65 C, 250 P)
Art museums and galleries(30 C, 1 P)
Visual arts occupations(6 C, 29 P)
Art and design organizations(13 C, 29 P)
Painting(12 C, 84 P)
Panoramic art(2 C, 8 P)
Patrons of art(2 C, 6 P)
Photography(21 C, 32 P)
Sculpture(24 C, 51 P)
Art societies(1 C, 72 P)
Sociology of art(1 C, 1 P)
Artistic techniques(14 C, 163 P)
Art terminology(4 C, 23 P)
Visual arts theory(1 C, 26 P)
Art therapy(1 C, 21 P)
Visual art journals(1 C, 15 P)
Walking art(39 P)
Works about visual art(4 C, 4 P)
Art stubs(23 C, 387 P)

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