Post Modernism

One compact definition is postmodernism rejects modernism’s grand narratives of artistic direction, eradicating the boundaries between high and low forms of art, and disrupting genre’s conventions with collision, collage, and fragmentation. Postmodern art holds all stances are unstable and insincere, and therefore irony, parody, and humor are the only positions critique or revision cannot overturn. […]

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Humour and Irony

humour-in-contemporary-art Key to understanding the humorous tactics of contemporary artists are the strategies of Surrealism, Dada, and Fluxus, as well as the satirical precedents set by artists like Francisco Goya, George Grosz, and John Heartfield, who were equally important as social critics as well as artists. Surrealists interwove puns, bawdy jokes, and punch line–esque titles […]

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Memory and Transformation

memory-in-contemporary-art fantasy-memory-transformation In Search of Lost Time , by the French novelist Marcel Proust in 1909–1922, is one of the most reoccurring of influences on contemporary art. Proust mentions more than one hundred artists—from Bellini to Whistler—in the novel, referencing a great many of their works. From Helen Jones Presentation Autobiography: the externalization of personal […]

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Turner Prize

The Turner Prize is awarded annually to an artist under fifty, born, living or working in Britain, for an outstanding exhibition or public presentation of their work anywhere in the world in the previous year. The four shortlisted artists for the Turner Prize 2016 are: Michael Dean Anthea Hamilton  Helen Marten – winner Josephine Pryde Helen Marten – Winner […]

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