Monday, February 1, 2010

Post Modernism Definition

"What do you get when you cross a postmodernist with a used car salesman? Answer: You get an offer you can't understand." Written by "vance" to a listserve, in turn quoted by "MaloneyMK" on the ArtsEdNet listserve, Jan. 27, 1998.

“Anyone can be famous for 15 minutes”- Andy Warhol

Rosalind E. Krauss defines Post-Modernism as, “Postmodernism describes movements which both arise from, and react against or reject, trends in the modernism art movement.” (The Originality of the Avant Garde and Other Modernist Myths 1986 pp.8-171)

Many art critics, artists, and historians define post-modernisms beginning to many different times, much like the modernism art movement itself. The beginning of the movement is accredited to our changing society of the 1960’s.We know that post-modernism is an extension of Modernism’s expressive nature and classically unusual artistic qualities. Art is no longer linear on a time line but rather a web of connections through time and place. During the late 1980’s resurgence helped fuel the end of post-modernism expression because of the dawn of globalization and new media exploration but is still classified as happening even now. The end of the post-modernism art movement varies much like it’s beginning, with the possibilities of our time being modernism, post-modernism, or even post-post modernism.

The many principles associated with Post-Modernism include reaction towards modernist ideas as introducing classical interpretations again, purity of form and technique, rejection of high and low art, ignoring boundaries, exploring mixing of ideas, and promoted humor, parody, and irony.

Art Critics of Post-Modernism
James Elkins
Rosalind E. Krauss
Jean Baudrillard
Hal Foster
Phillip Ritter

Movements within postmodernism include:

Jeff Koons,
Puppy, 1992

Feminist Art

Judy Chicago,
Dinner Party, 1974-79

Classical Realism-resurgence of classical painting and sculpture

Richard Lack
Walton Ford,
Nila, 2000, Watercolor, Gouache, Ink

Conceptual art
Lawrence Weiner

Installation art
Jenny Holtzer,
Projections, MassMOCA, Providence 2006

Performance Art
Stephen Taylor Woodrow: "The Living Paintings", New Museum of Contemporary Art, NYC, 1988.

Multi-media Art
Nam June Paik:
Techno Buddha, 2000

Julian Schnabel,

Xavier Mascaro, 1998,

Screenprint with Poured Resin

Young British Artists
Damien Hirst,
For the Love of God, 2007, Diamond covered platinum skull

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