art for art's sake


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art for art's sake

Art created for the sole purpose of being an artistic expression. Don't interpret this piece as some sort of political statement—it's just art for art's sake.
See also: art, sake
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art for art's sake

the idea that a work of art has no purpose beyond itself.
This phrase is the slogan of artists who hold that the chief or only aim of a work of art is the self-expression of the individual artist who creates it.
See also: art, sake
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It comprises one of four central tenets of what Oscar Wilde declares to be the "doctrines of the new aesthetics," principles that British aesthetes following Wilde would regard as foundational to the theory of art for art's sake (55).
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Ziolkowski develops for these works an anatomy of displacement composed of five basic forms of surrogacy available to the authors as alternatives to the fading belief of their childhoods: 1) art for art's sake; 2) the pilgrimage to India; 3) socialism; 4) myth; and 5) utopian vision.
Art for art's sake is good and well, and it will always continue.
The rejection of utility and the ensuing alienation of the artist, which are analysed by Robert Archambeau's excellent study of Surrealist and 1970s American-language poets, give rise to a number of questions over the actual meaning of art for art's sake and its alleged apolitical nature.
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What Malick has made is most definitely still an art film, with occasionally abstract or non-linear editing choices, but one that is never just art for art's sake. Film review : The New World
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This model prepares Rothstein to situate certain "high-cultural" early Netherlandish paintings at the beginning of a teleological narrative that historicizes and validates a modernist construction of art for art's sake, "not only sophisticated but also a form of sophistication itself" (186).
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