A term coined on pre-industrial age Earth as an attempt to break the hold on art by the elitists of that time. The term 'fine' has little to do with the quality of the work but refers more to the purity of its discipline. The title of 'fine art' originally referred to certain visual arts, specifically those categories concerned with aesthetics or beauty. In that earlier time it was strictly used to refer to sculpture, painting and printmaking. Later in the post industrial age, as culture and technology changed, it came to include such things as architecture, the performing arts (dance, theater and opera) and certain types of photography, film, music, multimedia and poetry. Still today we are seeing changes as further additions have made their way into the fine art category including perfect art and the virtual gardens.
After the first singularity the fine arts truly began to flourish. Since that time transapient minds have brought us works, movements and techniques literally beyond the imaginings of modosophont artists, as often testified to by those who have seen the Lightstorm or have been fortunate enough to visit worlds such as Bayanty.
It should be said that the 'categories' of fine art should not be confused with art movements, referred to by some as fad movements. These movements are defined by a tendency or common philosophy and while vital to the arts, come and go with cultural trends often affecting the look and feel of many categories while they last. Examples of this would be Bauhaus and Maximalism.
Although, among laymen, the terms and categories are often intermingled fine art is a specific term distinct and different from 'craft art' or the arts making use of a specific craft or discipline. Examples of craft art are the applied arts, ceramics, gardening, certain metalworking arts (blacksmithing and jewelry for example), design, fashion and textiles. This distinction is not a label to limit the artistic nature of the work or the skill involved. Craft arts, although not exclusively and simply put, tend to deal with utilitarian objects while the fine arts tend to deal with non-utilitarian objects.
Fine Arts encompass Literature, Music, Sculpture, Living Art, Fabulism, and more, representing (at least for baseline hu) the holistic-intuitive that balances the rational-linear. With higher toposophics these dichotomies merge. Some of the results, such as Pozen Neogenics and Perfect Art can appear very strange indeed, at least to a normal sapient.
Maximalism - Text by Stephen Inniss An artistic movement, the successor to Modernism, that arose in the middle Information Age and remained widespread through to the dawn of the First Federation. Characterized by the use of complexity and detail.
Renaissance Event - Text by Stephen Inniss A flowering of artistic creativity, scientific discovery, technology and trade, together with some significant changes in the operation of personal culture, and a political ferment. There is typically a "rediscovery" of some older cultural models and information or an influx of new foreign ideas, or both, and usually an upsurge in local population. A renaissance event often sets the pattern for future cultural development in ages to follow.
Stendhal-Bomb - Text by Graham Hopgood A memetic instrument most often utilized against baseline and nearbaseline human populations, consisting of art that is precisely tuned to the individual target or target group to elicit strong emotions.