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This paper will contain the critical points that were made by Clement Greenberg in his essay on Modernist Painting and elaborate on them as well compare them to the painting Good Hope Road by Arshile Gorky In his essay Greenberg discusses his point of view on modernism This is how he describes his theory I identify Modernism with the intensification almost the exacerbation of this self-critical tendency that began with the philosopher Kant According to Greenberg Philosopher Kant was the first one to criticize the criticism itself He relates to Kants philosophy because he sees Modernist art as art that criticizes itself from the inside In other words Modernist art has the ability to criticize its own uniqueness This technique makes Modernism even more unique because due to the self-criticism the Modernist art forbids itself the using of mediums or techniques that could resemble another art Each modernist work has to be peculiar and different from others in order to stand out and bring out its uniqueness At the same time Greenberg also mentioned that I cannot insist enough that Modernism has never meant anything like a break with a past It may mean a devolutio n an unraveling of anterior tradition but it also means its continuation Greenberg doesnt really has definitive idea on what modern art should look like but he does say that themes of modern art sometimes is expressed in such a way that it looses its literal character Greenberg in my opinion states in his essay that Modernism is an inventive art It explores different mediums ideas it reveals emotions that are never seen or spoken of It experiments various combinations of mediums and images Whether you understand what you see is less important in modernist art It is important how you see it and the viewers goal is to explore and understand the medium used the harmony and the distortion the technique together with the artist The
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