Essay on What is Postmodern Art?
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