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The word art has many meanings. Art is also something presented with the intent to be art. There are many forms of arts, many outlets of creativity. A product of art is something presented or produced as an artistic effort or for decorative purposes. It may be a result of outbursts.

Visual art is considered to express some measure of skill and imagination. Art involves the conscious use of skill and creative imagination. What is called fine arts - painting, sculpture, or music - is mainly concerned with creating beautiful objects - making striking statements, and further.

Art sometimes requires a fine skill. Decorative elements may or may not be involved.

Art at times implies a personal, unanalysable creative power that manifests.

Craft, by comparison, may focus on expertness in workmanship, which is more technical than pure art is supposed to be.

A seminal moment in this discussion occurred in 1917, when Dada artist Marcel Duchamp submitted a porcelain urinal entitled Fountain to a public exhibition in New York City. Through this act, Duchamp put forth a new definition of what constitutes a work of art: he implied that it is enough for an artist to deem something "art" and put it in a publicly accepted venue. Implicit within this gesture was a challenge to the established art institutions. (EB, "art")

In our days several new media - including video art - challenge traditional definitions of art.

A travesty can be a parody where the style of a work is closely imitated for comic effect or in ridicule. The imitation may be burlesque or grotesque, and incongruous or distorted in style, treatment, or subject matter.

Art travesties, Literature  

Cumming, Robert. 2005. Art. London: Dorling Kindersley.

Janik, Vicki K., ed. 1998. Fools and Jesters in Literature, Art, and History: A Bio-Bibliographical Sourcebook, Westport, CT: Greenwood Press.

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