Art or Wall Art? The world of interchangeable words

I think it's usefull talk about the words we use for naming "things" we work on.
How you can see the title of my blog is "Art and Wall Art", but... what is the difference?
Has Art the same meanning of Wall Art?
If you are an art critic you know the difference, and you wouldn't use the words "Art" and "Wall Art" as  interchangeable words.
If you aren't an art critic, as I'm not, probably you use the word "art" or "wall art" to name something that you can hang on a wall.
If I ask you "Is it Art or Wall Art?"... maybe you answer "It's the same".
And if I ask you: "What is the difference of Wall Art and Home Decor?" Maybe you'll answer that Wall Art is a part of "Home Decor", because there are many itemes used for decorating our houses which are not done to be hang on a wall.
Paintings decoreting our homes, then... when we buy a painting to hang on a wall, do we buy a piece of art or a decorative stuff?


Another issue is the world of DIY (Do-It-Yourself) and handmade crafts.
Is DIY "Art"? Is artisanal handicraft "Art"? There are DIY crafts so beautiful that we cannot say they aren't "Art".
Are useful and functional items "Art"? Are decorative arts "Art"?

Britannica helps us. It defines Decorative Art as "any of those arts that are concerned with the design and decoration of objects that are chiefly prized for their utility, rather than for their purely aesthetic qualities."
On Wikipedia we read "The decorative arts are arts or crafts concerned with the design and manufacture of beautiful objects that are also functional. It includes interior design, but not usually architecture. The decorative arts are often categorized in opposition to the "fine arts", namely, painting, drawing, photography, and large-scale sculpture, which generally have no function other than to be seen."

The issue is complex.
When do these different words, "art, wall art, home decor, decorative arts, DIY crafts, etc." begin to be interchangeable words?

I think we have to seek the starting points in the last years of the 19th century and the early years of the 20th century in the "Avant Garde Movement", for which being avant-garde involved exploring new artistic methods, or experimenting with new techniques, and in the "Art and Crafts Movement", international movement in the decorative and fine arts.
They have changed the meanning of Art forever.

 

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