Modern and Post Modern Art

Modern art and Post Modern art confuses many. Over here I have given a brief description of the two, just so to clarify the two over lapping art movements.

The modern era of art has seen the rise of artists who have broken the boundaries of traditional art and experimented with the unusual. It throws away the typical styles of the past and is open to new techniques, interpretations and ways of delivering the subjectivity of the artist on the chosen medium, which can be equally experimental and new as well.  During the world war two, many artists together made works in which they re-imagined the concept of “self”. Their paintings show the spatial relationships of the self with identity and how one struggles or is tangled with the conscious and sub conscious mind. See some examples of modern art below.

Jackson Pollock-The Key, 1946
Jackson Pollock-The Key, 1946
Jackson Pollock, Number 8-1949
Jackson Pollock, Number 8-1949
Salvador Dali-Metamorphosis of Narcissus
Salvador Dali-Metamorphosis of Narcissus

The post modern art is different from modern art in the sense that it does not value intricate details despite the fact that modern art per se is not very much about details. No, the post modern artist is concerned with the meaning behind things and the imagery that is cast on an onlooker and not the aesthetics of the art.

The modern artist believed that art and life had meaning. The post modern artist however in contrast has disillusions with life hence the value that the artist contributed with new and grand ideas such as impressionism and cubism have not been given much focus. Instead, pursuing skills is a focus with video and photography being the emerging art media. For the Post modernist, small ideas and tiny concepts can be mastered into something great without having a grand narrative or a big concept behind them. Often, the onlooker finds the post modern art to be shocking or even non-sentimental at times.

Damien Hirst-The Physical Impossibility of Death in the Mind of Someone Living
Damien Hirst-The Physical Impossibility of Death in the Mind of Someone Living
Robert Smithson-Spiral Jetty
Robert Smithson-Spiral Jetty

Art depicted today has managed to progress beyond the post modern as well and while some may view it as progression, it can also be equally considered as regression of the skills and the value of beauty and technique that artists once put in their art.

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