art for art's sake

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art for art's sake

The idea that art has no larger purpose or message than 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

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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New entries included Greg Lake with I Believe In Father Christmas, 10CC with Art For Arts Sake, and Sailor with Glass Of Champagne.
Throughout the book Sherman questions the value of art for arts sake and posits that great literature must grapple with the issues of its time.
The people there live on nectar and the scent of flowers, but eventually he realises that he has rediscovered the Art for Arts sake elitists he detested on earth, and wakes up to find himself squashed in a barrel.