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the distinction between “crafts” and “fine art” is probably driven by misogyny and the devaluation of women’s labor

art forms that have traditionally been practiced by women like embroidery are devalued and called just “crafts” while art forms that women historically were mostly barred from (painting, sculpture) are “fine art”

Also racism; African and Indigenous art is considered crafts whereas only white forms are “art”

And, class. Quite openly many art historians and theorists will describe “pragmatic” items produced by the artist themselves for both practical or everyday use as well as ‘craft’. To be ‘art’, it often has to be purely decorative, and sold by a full-time artist to their patron.

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