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Plastic arts: "strictly, art forms which require moulding or modeling (sculpture, ceramics), but can apply to all the visual (non-literary, non-musical) arts."[1] A similar definition is found at Merriam-Webster Online:[2]

plastic art:
  1 : art (as sculpture or bas-relief) characterized by modeling : three-dimensional art
  2 : visual art (as painting, sculpture, or film) especially as distinguished from art that is written (as poetry or music) —often used in plural

Therefore, it is safe to say that plastic arts are those visual arts that involve the use of materials such as clay, paint and plaster, that can be moulded or modulated in some way, often in three dimensions.

Plastic arts include:

Materials that can be carved or shaped, such as stone or wood, concrete or steel, are also included in this definition, since, with appropriate tools, such materials are also capable of modulation.[citation needed]

This use of the term "plastic" in the arts should not be confused with Piet Mondrian's use, nor with the movement he termed, in French and English, "Neoplasticism."



Further reading

  • Barnes, A. C., The Art in Painting, 3rd ed., 1937, Harcourt, Brace & World, Inc., NY.
  • Bukumirovic, D. (1998). Maga Magazinovic. Biblioteka Fatalne srpkinje knj. br. 4. Beograd: Narodna knj.
  • Fazenda, M. J. (1997). Between the pictorial and the expression of ideas: the plastic arts and literature in the dance of Paula Massano. N.p.
  • Gerón, C. (2000). Enciclopedia de las artes plásticas dominicanas: 1844-2000. 4th ed. Dominican Republic s.n.
  • Laban, R. V. (1976). The language of movement: a guidebook to choreutics. Boston: Plays.
  • Laban, R. V. (1974). Effort: economy in body movement. 2nd. ed. Boston: Plays.
  • La Farge, O. (1930). Plastic prayers: dances of the Southwestern Indians. N.p.
  • Restany, P. (1974). Plastics in arts. Paris, New York: N.p.
  • University of Pennsylvania. (1969). Plastics and new art. Philadelphia: The Falcon Pr.

See also


  2. ^ Merriam-Webster Online (entry for "plastic arts")


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