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Art Movement in Focus : What is Postmodernism?

What is Postmodernism

Welcome to Art Movement in Focus! In this section, we explore significant art movements in history, through a series of articles dedicated to each movement. Here’s looking at What is Postmodernism.

In the Aftermath of Modernism

According to the Tate Modern :

“Postmodernism can be seen as a reaction against the ideas and values of modernism, as well as a description of the period that followed modernism’s dominance in cultural theory and practice in the early and middle decades of the twentieth century. The term is associated with scepticism, irony and philosophical critiques of the concepts of universal truths and objective reality.”

While the term Postmodern was coined around the 1970s, it was never truly defined. Consequently, Postmodern art refers to an array of different styles that were born in this era, as a reaction towards Modernism.

The Modernists focused on presenting reality as the truthfully as they could, unlike artists before them who artistically edited realities. Postmodernists on the other hand, believed that there was no one true reality. They rejected the notion of the existence of a singular universal truth. It is no coincidence that this movement eventually led to the development of Conceptualism.


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