"My opinion is that new art needs new techniques. And the modern artistshave found new means of making their statements. It seems to me thatthe modern painter cannot express this age of the aeroplane, the atombomb, the radio, in the old forms of the Renaissance or of any other pastculture. Each age finds its own technique."
The same middle class whose tastes and ideas Whistler was confronting through his art, quickly turned the call of ‘Art for Art's Sake’ into a tool to further neutralize the content and noxious effects of progressive modernist art.
Like many movements in history there is a rise and fall, the meaning of modernism in the Latin Americas enhances our understanding of humanities because it gives us a better understanding of human experiences at the time and it gives the viewer a sense of connection with those who have come before them.
The first step was to strip away distracting elements such as recognizable objects which tended to conceal or hide the art thing; an example of this approach would be Wassily Kandinsky.
While feminism and postmodernism share several characteristics, most notably the deconstruction of the masculinised western ideology, feminism chooses to place itself within the absolutism of the modernist movement....
Since the 18th century, the modernist belief in the freedom of expression has manifested itself in art through claims to freedom of choice in subject matter and to freedom of choice in style (i.e.
By calling himself a 'modernist', the artist is instantly free to work on a clean plate, without the limitations of tradition with its set of rules or its fixed criteria.
The intellectual underpinnings of modernism emerge during the Renaissance period when, through the study of the art, poetry, philosophy, and science of ancient Greece and Rome, humanists revived the notion that man, rather than God, is the measure of all things, and promoted through education ideas of citizenship and civic consciousness.
(ii) How is Modernism?
Another way of thinking about what modern means in art is to think of it as anattitude to making. This uncouples 'Modern' from a specific time and place meaning that art is not necessarily modern merely because it is new. It wouldalso mean that examples from history could be identified as modern in theiroutlook, such as El Greco, the seventeenth century painter whom Picassoclaimed was the originator of Cubism. Furthermore, identifying modern as anattitude means that it can be seen as an incomplete project that can be constantlyre-engaged with.
For historians the modern period actually begins in the sixteenth century, initiating what is called the Early Modern Period, which extends up to the 18th century.
First, one needs to be clear about what the term contemporary art has come to mean. It is generally defined as referring to "work created after World War II." As it's used by critics, curators, and teachers, however, it really refers only to work that is consideredavant-garde, or cutting-edge. In particular, it means abstract work and the various postmodernist genres, from "Pop art" to"installation" and "performance art."
Innovation, newness have gotten themselves taken as the hallmarkof Modernism, newness as something desired and pursued. And yetall the great and lasting Modernist creators were reluctant innovatorsat bottom, innovators only because they had to be -- for the sakeof quality, and for the sake of self-expression if you will. It'snot only that some measure of innovation has always been essentialto aesthetic quality above a certain level; it's also that Modernistinnovation has been compelled to be, or look, more radical andabrupt than innovation used to be or look: compelled by an ongoingcrisis in standards. Why this should be so, I can't try to accountfor here; it would take me too far afield and involve too muchspeculation. Let it sufffice for the moment to notice one thing:how with only a relatively small lapse of time the innovationsof Modernism begin to look less and less radical, and how theyalmost all settle into place eventually as part of the continuumof high Western art, along with Shakespeare's verse and Rembrandt'sdrawings.
Since the advent of postmodernism in the late 1950s, moreover, "contemporary art" has come to include virtually anything--from apile of wrapped candies on the gallery floor, as in Felix Gonzalez-Torres's , to Damien Hirst's , consisting of a dead shark preserved in a tank of formaldehyde. As even one artworld insider has noted, the term art "has come to mean so many things that it doesn't mean anything any more."
In his book, , published in 1890, the progressive modernist painter James Abbott McNeill Whistler, proposed that ‘Art should be independent of all claptrap – should stand alone, and appeal to the artistic sense of eye and ear, without confounding this with emotions entirely foreign to it, as devotion, pity, love, patriotism, and the like.