low art

   Refers to the lesser or minor arts, including the decorative or applied arts, with the inference that these are low partly because of shoddy manufacturing in inferior materials of superficial kitsch, simply catering to popular taste, unreflective acceptance of realism, and a certain "couch potato" mentality. The boundary between high and low art has faded in the contemporary art scene. Its place has been taken by discussion of popular or mass culture. Also see bad art, brummagem, buckeye, gewgaw, high art, paint-by-number, and realia.

Glossary of Art Terms. 2014.

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