Essay on What is Postmodern Art?

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Postmodernism is described as the phase of twentieth century Western culture that has been often defined as the visual culture produced in the period after modernism, though there has been much recent debate since the early 1980’s as to what the definition of Postmodernism could be. Postmodern art has always been difficult to define for various reasons which include what styles of art should be included in the movement, what is the exact artistic style of Postmodern art and the insufficiency to specify what exactly postmodernism is. One of the most basic definitions of the term postmodernism is that it is post-modern or after the modernist period, this not only gives us a better understanding but a clearer starting point in the search for …show more content…
With Postmodernism there are no longer any rules or categories to judge the experimentally unfamiliar, they are working without rules in order to find out the rules of what you have done.

In the search for the true definition of Postmodernism, French philosopher and literary theorist, Jean-Francois Lyotard discovered and identified alternative strands to Postmodernism. These strands also called “false Postmodernisms” are anti-modernist, demand for an end to experimentation and are what many people have associated with as the definition of Postmodernism and this is what has sparked much debate over the years.

During the 1960’s, the reign of Modernism was weakening, especially in the field of painting. Non-representational forms, most often found in Abstract Expressionism, gave way to stark contrasts found in Pop art. New artistic styles such as photo-realism, pattern and decorative art, feminist and performance art and high tech art began to flourish and from this people saw that Postmodernism took painting away from the critical edge and alienated mood of Modernism. They found these new artistic styles were relaxed and acted against the arctic purity of Modernism giving a feel of sensual indulgence not only in American art movements but in older art forms shunned by the Modernist ideal.

Postmodernism flourished during the 1980’s when new markets developed for the conspicuous consumption of iconic products flourished and designers emerged as artistic

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