Postmodernism: Experimental Form of Contemporary Art

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Postmodernism emerged as an experimental form of contemporary art in 1945, it breaks down the boundaries of art by challenging the audience's perceptions through the use of several art traditions with reference to the contemporary society. Artist's unrestricted approach to their work relates to issues in today's society through views, which usually doubts the authenticity of accepted beliefs. They link past, present and future through the blending or looking back to past art styles integrated with technology and the use of shock tactics to provoke controversy. Postmodernism works often draw from several art traditions and refer to contemporary culture with each artist's point of view challenging the idea of art as unique and precious. This is similar to the Dada movement of the 1920's and is evident in the works and concepts of Anselm Kiefer, Stelarc and Anne Zahalka. Postmodernism can be seen as a division from modernism. During the 1960's societies approach to creativity, history, literature, architecture, science, values and society in general began to drastically change. Throughout the 1970's and 1980's the art style grew and was greatly influenced by the end of the Vietnam War. Artists and writers began to challenge the conventions of Modernism and societies reaction to the works they created, thus Postmodernism can be seen as a split from Modernism which was influenced by the social changes of the time. Globalization, advances as technology does, and feminism were also one of the strong factors in the artists split from Modernism. The conventional tradition of art being seen as precious and unique was abolished by the concepts and viewpoints of the postmodern artist. Previous to the Postmodern and modernist period’s art was created to be aesthetically pleasing and the artist required great technical knowledge to produce works of high enough quality as to reach the standards expected by the society. The unique and precious face of art is...
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