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1.
used to describe either a person who does weird art for the sake of being artsy or the art that a person like that does. artsy fartsy is generally bad artwork that is made so weird and hard to understand, that people just assume it's genius.
"that artsy farsty girl just painted a canvas black. she thinks it represents her pain, but i think it's just artsy fartsy."
από valerie 19 Ιούλιος 2004
 
2.
Trying too hard to be artistic; an overly strong interest in appearing to be aesthetically aware.

From a lyrical marriage of the words "art" (creative or imaginative activity such as painting or poetry) and "fart" (expelling gas). The implication is that the art (or person) in question is no more than a glorified fart.
I don't like his paintings - they're a little bit too artsy fartsy.
από VAKI5 10 Μάιος 2005
 
3.
something supposedly highly cultural, but to the regular sane person merely pretentious.
ABSTRACT ARTIST: This old boot stuck to a canvas represents fading life and lost integrity....
TEENAGER: Uh, yeh, dude, it's just an artsy fartsy old boot.
από Helen Partallama 7 Νοέμβριος 2010
 
4.
Anything produced in the arts that is over the top eccentric and comes out looking stupid. The artist who created it is usually some loser who tries to be different, but does the same thing as every other artsy-fartsy type. They tend to think their works are unique, creatively genius, good for all humanity, abstract, and expressive. If the artists is a film maker then the movie makes absolutely no sense, will have random shots, is usually shot in black and white, and has stupid monotone dialogue. If they are a musician then they create music specific for avant-garde. The music is a bunch of noise with no harmony, rhythm, or present melody. The artist says his or her piece of music details the work of a Picasso painting.

Every 'artsy-fartsy' person is an aspiring artist. Even if they just go to museums to stare at paintings and act like they have a true passion for it, they can't help but create their own pieces of trash. Then they show it off to the public and the public tells them they suck. So the artists always respond with "no one understands my vision" or some stupid excuse like that.

Don't confuse the phony artsy-fartsy types from the real artists. Real artists will consistently change their style of work and explore new areas. The fakes will copy off a real artist and make the same pointless work for the rest of their career. Real artists will never cheese-out.
"Film festivals are filled with 'artsy-fartsy films'."

"I don't like my teacher. He's too artsy-artsy".
από Joe 6 Μάιος 2008
 
5.
A derogatory term to describe a pretentiously irritating person who exhibits an overblown involvement or appreciation of the arts

Artsy-fartsy individuals tend to be unemployed and enjoy finger-painting.
“I cannot stand the artsy-fartsy type; they are just a bunch of trendy hippies.”
από tttico 6 Φεβρουάριος 2010
 
6.
An adjective describing subjects considered to be in the fine arts.

An adjective describing a person who participates in the arts.
Technical colleges are best because you don't have to take the unrealated artsy-fartsy classes.

Most of the kids in the drama class are too artsy-farty for my taste.
από DJP 23 Αύγουστος 2003
 
7.
An adjective describing that which is flaky, pretentious or superficial, specifically in relation to art and culture; can either denote an artistic object or a person (i.e. one practicing or claiming to practice an art form). Originally used homophobically, in which sense it is synonymous with art fag.
I don't understand what my son does, it's so artsy-fartsy.

or

Ken called himself a painter just because he was the artsy-fartsy one in highschool.
από E.L. Symons 28 Μάρτιος 2006