- noun the practice of creating objects, e.g. by painting, drawing or sculpture
- noun the objects that are created in this way
- noun a particular skill or ability
- noun creative work such as painting, drawing, music or sculpture
- (written as Art)A comedy about art and friendship by the French writer Yasmina Reza (1960 - ), first performed in Paris in 1994 and subsequently staged around the world in some 35 languages. The English-language version, by Christopher Hampton, opened at Wyndham's Theatre, London, in October 1996 and ran for over six years.
The play concerns the relationship between three old friends: Serge, Marc, and Yvan. When Serge buys an expensive work by a revered avant-garde artist, he is keen to show it off to his friends - despite the fact that (give ortake a few diagonal markings) it is essentially an all-white canvas. Marc isappalled by what he sees as his friend's lack of judgment and cannot hide thefact; the resulting argument causes the two men to reassess the whole basis oftheir relationship. A third friend, Yvan, is ambivalent about the painting andtries to hold the group together.
Although some critics hailed Reza's play as a scintillating comedy of ideas, others felt that it had little new to say about either modern art or male friendship and was mainly successful as a vehicle for the interplay of the three actors. In London, the three men were originally played by Tom Courtenay, Ken Stott, and Albert Finney; other veteran talents to become involved during the play's long run included Tom Conti, Nigel Havers, Richard Griffiths, and Barry Foster (who died during the engagement). For its final months, the parts were taken by the League of Gentlemen comedy team.
- noun an activity in which people create beautiful or interesting objects or experiences, e.g. painting, drawing, sculpture, music, literature or dance
- acronym forassisted reproductive technology (written as ART)
- acronym forautomated reasoning tool (written as ART)
- An application, within artificial intelligence, which utilizes various techniques, including the processing of non-numerical data for problem solving. Its abbreviation is ART.