Definition of body art in English:

body art

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noun

[mass noun]
  • 1Tattoos or jewellery ornamenting the body and regarded as art.
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    • Sometimes the body is a medium, for example, with tattoos or body art.
    • Organisers said items on sale included outfits, footwear, body art, lingerie, jewellery and gifts.
    • If you have an occasional drink - or an earring and some body art adorning your biceps - don't panic.
  • 1.1The practice of decorating the body by means of tattooing, piercing, etc..
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    • Can you remember when piercings and body art were a symbol of rebellion against society's mainstream values?
    • I love body art and piercing.
    • The kind of body art they practise would shame the youngsters who adorn themselves with primitive attempts at aping the tribals.
  • 2An artistic genre, originating in the 1970s, in which the actual body of the artist or model is integral to the work.
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    • This was Weber's fourth in a series of public readings that fall within the category of ordeal or endurance art, a performance genre derived from body art.
    • The current profusion of off-kilter portraiture and body art, for example, strongly resonates with the work of two artists who came of age in the 1970s, Joan Brown and Gregory Gillespie.
    • Despite clear cultural differences in specific approaches and actions, Asian body art, like its Western counterpart, derives its effectiveness from the way it reflects on our common humanity.

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