Beyond the mainstream: essays on modern and contemporary.
Critique of modern art July 2, 2015 List of articles 2 Comments For anyone, suspecting that the critique of modernism in all its forms, as expounded in these pages, are just expressions of a reactionary, conservative, fascistoid and frustrated mentality, the following articles are wholeheartedly recommended.
Pop art is a movement that emerged in the mid-20th century in which artists incorporated commonplace objects—comic strips, soup cans, newspapers, and more—into their work. The Pop art movement aimed to solidify the idea that art can draw from any source, and there is no hierarchy of culture to disrupt this.
Modernism is the term that describes the broad cultural movement out of which contemporary art has grown. “Conceptual art” is an art-critical term from late modernism, describing a type of art that values the mind over the eye, and is connected to an ideology of social revolution. It comes from the 1960s.
In my opinion this recent burst of criticism against the art world powers-that-be opens up larger questions that have yet to be addressed effectively within the mainstream. The common feeling-- at least from what I've observed on art blogs, art forums, and elsewhere-- is that the want of money is held higher than doing what is right from an ethical standpoint.
Essay. The Quest for National Identity At the dawn of the twentieth century, Egyptians, burdened with centuries of foreign occupation, were united in their aspiration for a modern nation. Thus modern art was an essential visual expression of their national identity and freedom from foreign oppression.
Summary of Clement Greenberg. Clement Greenberg was probably the single most influential art critic in the 20 th century. Although he is most closely associated with his support for Abstract Expressionism, and in particular Jackson Pollock, his views closely shaped the work of many other artists, including Helen Frankenthaler, Morris Louis, and Kenneth Noland.
The artists look for new challenges and ways for us to see their art. This type of art makes us challenge ourselves to find beauty in the everyday things in life. My opinion of Modern Art is a very balanced one because even though some of the examples of conceptual and contemporary art are sometimes ridiculous, they also challenge you to find the true meaning of what it stands for.