artsy-fartsy


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artsy-fartsy

Overtly interested in art and style, perhaps overly or pretentiously so. I like that café, but it's always packed with artsy-fartsy types talking about their obscure interests.

artsy (fartsy)

mod. obviously or overly artistic; effete. (Mildly offensive.) The decorations were sort of artsy fartsy, but the overall effect was quite nice.
See also: artsy, fartsy
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He eliminated the brushwork of 1957: too artsy-fartsy. He rejected uber-intellectualism as well--every variation on -istic, -ality, and -icity.
"Of course," admits the writer, whose TV credits include My So-called Life and Gilmore Girls, "but I'm really patient." It might help Tanner score points with the theater elite if he were just a little more artsy-fartsy and didn't make what he does seem so effortless.
Bjork is a famously artsy-fartsy pop star--a darling of the Whitney Biennial set, the girlfriend of artist Matthew Barney, the star of Lars von Trier's Dancer in the Dark, an avant-garde fashion plate who turned up at the 2001 Oscars swaddled in a swan carcass, looking like a walking Damien Hirst installation.
It's the artsy-fartsy festival: right--brained, underground, non--linear and definitely not Hollywood.
He said: "People tend to see the artsy-fartsy side of it - they don't get to see you hands and elbow - deep in plaster, carrying a ton of paster up 18ft of scaffolding and emptying tanks.
"Now we see one of the world's most successful companies bucking all that artsy-fartsy nonsense and saying, 'Our Web site is not as good as our customers deserve, and it doesn't do all the things we want it to be able to do for our customers, so we're going to shut it down, fix it, and then reopen.' The new site is indeed open for business - understated, easy to use, unglitzy, organized.
He has to focus on what projects are next on his plate, and the Staake plate is a very diverse, artsy-fartsy goulash, indeed.
To most people, the stereo-typical agency type is either a slick Wall Street dude in a three-piece suit, who's always wheeling and dealing to steal competitor's accounts, or a slightly off-the-wall creative cat, who wears floral ties with bright plaid shirts and blue jeans as he creates spectacularly successful ad campaigns over a bottle of vintage wine in his artsy-fartsy [sic] loft studio.
Inside the Tiguan is where it deviates a bit from that formal exterior and begins playing around with shapes.To conform with the contour of the dashboard and to create texture, designers added more angles to the outline of everything from the aircon vents, chrome panels and even door handles.It is a very subtle artsy-fartsy way to give the cabin personality without going over the top and losing the Tiguan's essence.
Also incorporated in the story of "Artsy-Fartsy" are lots of fun "A" words that are listed in a glossary in the back and used throughout the book.
Nursing the wounds of the split, the group has reformed and settled in Oakland, California, a place a little more welcoming to artsy-fartsy oddball bands than, say, Alabama.
Hip-hop self-administered another layer of polish, rock tried going artsy-fartsy again, and electronic music discovered lo-fi and generally putzed around there.
In her essay, Fortnum describes Ed Mews as "an artsy-fartsy layabout who wouldn't lift a finger to help Sylvia with the housework."
Can my product fit in this cool artsy-fartsy box I found online?