Postmodernism And Modernism Of The 19th Century

1581 Words Jul 20th, 2015 7 Pages
Throughout history the actual difference between postmodernism and modernism has been a huge debate. Modernism started at the end of the 19th Century and was partial by the new technologies and ideologies that flooded the period, everything ranging from cars, planes, phones, radio, and theory of relativity. The result of such inspirations was that artists sensed they no longer had to obey to strict contracts of what needed to go into generating a picture (painting), figure, construction, music, and many more. In other words, "tradition" was no longer a sacred cow. While traditional art and all tradition, for that matter, emphasized the importance of continuousness -- that is, one generation should preserve the same standards and practices of the previous ones, modernism suggested art must be investigative, similar to the way new technologies and ideas were investigations, so that the arts and what artists did could now be greatly expanded -- basically to art became 'whatever you could get away with. ' Postmodernism was a response to decades of modernist art. What postmodernism asserted (during the second half of the 20th Century) was that there were no new ideas or forms to be found in art, as 100 years of experimentation were enough to explore new forms, so that creating something "new" or "modern" would simply be a benign and insignificant variation of something that was already investigated or created. Thus, postmodernist critics claimed newness was "exhausted."…
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