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Visual Cultures of ModernityShane Gladstone Essay Component One Question Modernist art is fundamentally about asking the question - what is art Discuss Introduction The attempt to produce a response to contemporary visual art or to any particular examples of it such as Andy Warhol and David Hockney runs immediately into the problem of the legitimacy or rather the lack of legitimacy of modern art This is the fact that much if not all of modern art late 1800s to the present day is regarded as a dubious or perhaps fraudulent activity by a substantial proportion of modern everyday society The result is that the history of modern art is punctuated by numerous art scandals in which sections of the press the media and the public either get upset or pretend to get upset about the latest artistic outrage be it Jackson Jack-the Dripper Pollock or Carl Andrs bricks Equivalent VIII The response of the media to every new artistic style or breakthrough is also invariably faced with the question is it art Throughout this essay I intend to answer the question of what is art And subsequently what justifies it being art I intend to do this by dividing the essay into two sections Firstly I will display my understanding of modernist arts roots and major conventions Secondly I will present a case study of a modernist artist David Hockney Finally in my conclusion I will look Modernism Progressive The Modern refers to a period dating from roughly the 1860s through to the 1970s and is used to describe the style and ideology of art produced during the era Modern art and modernism is characterised by a radical new attitude toward both the past and the present of ideology and social orders such as communism and capitalism The early modernists were educated intellectuals reacting against societies dominant ideology cleansed of the corruptions of religious and political ideologies their education
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