Thursday, April 22, 2010

Okay, so let's be frank; Modern Art is stupid.

And I mean that in the way we look at Modern Art, the way we're taught to look at Modern Art, tends confuse us on what Modern Art actually is. It makes it really easy for us to write it off as stupid because, as we've been taught the glory of the Renaissance, it's nothing like the "art" that we're accustomed to. And since Modern Art is supposed to make art accessible to everyone, how can it achieve that when we're led to believe that art isn't actually accessible to everyone because we place value in ability? There isn't any artistic ability sticking a urinal in a museum, that's for sure.

This is what I hear when my friends talk to me about Modernism, and you know what? It's true. Modern Art doesn't make sense because we're missing a big piece of the puzzle that the artist expects the viewer to understand so their art makes sense, but when they make their art accessible to everyone, how can everyone be expected to have that piece of the puzzle? And when I say a big piece of the puzzle, I mean big. As in, the entire history of art predating the last 100 years or so.

So where does that put you? How the hell are you supposed to look at Modern Art without having to spend oodles of time wallowing in lethargic and overtly complicated essays and text books attempting to explain the subject? Even the Wikipedia entry can make one's head swim! And to top it off, the ideas behind modernism are rather fluid concepts, which makes it even harder to pinpoint what exactly is going on. Well, you're in luck, because I'm going to impart what I know about Modernism and the previous movements as simply as I can, like I did for my friends, and hopefully it'll help you achieve a better understanding of why Modern Art is more than just being stupid.


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