Modernity | Post Modernism

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Modernity | Post Modernism
1 DEFINITION: 'modernity'
1.1 Modernity as an art form emerged to reflect the dramatic shift brought on by industrialization in the 19thC.
1.2 Roger Fry: "believed modernists were more interested in 'the direct expression of feeling through pictorial and plastic from', that is not through imitation of forms in the world." (pp24)
1.3 Modernism in visual art evokes a viceral response from its audience. Its aim is to provoke the senses and force its viewers to engage with it on an emotional level regardless of its aestitic appearance
2 DEFINITION: 'post-modernism'
4.1 1. Clement Greenberg - pp22
4.2 2. Maurice Denis pp23
4.3 3. Clive Bell and Roger Fry: pictorial form, was the defining feature of art; its possession was what distinguished works of art from other objects in the world.
4.3.1 On the same vein, the painter Henri Matisse wrote "the essential character of his subject, of purging superfluous detail in the pursuit of an overall harmony, which he defined as an art of balance, of purity and serenity
5.1 Camille Pissaro's "The Boulevard Monmartre at Night" (1897), a landscape painting of a city street at night shows blended colours and blurred details to form and structure though the jest of the scene is legible.
5.1.1 "When one crosses across a landscape... The view through the door of the railroad car or the automobile windshield, in combination with the speed, has altered the habitual look of things. A modern man registers a hundred times more sensory impressions than an 18thC artist." (pp18)
5.1.2 Blurred details and mixing of colours in Pissaro's painting reflects the perspective of someone in motion moving at a speed faster than a what they might have been accustomed to and as a result views this scene in a jumpy unstable image.
5.2 Fritz Lang's "Metropolis" (1926) and Charlie Chaplin's "Modern Times" (1936) films were both set in factories and presented its characters performing repetitive mechanistic gestures as necessary for their job. In "Metropolis" factories workers operate and function as lifeless drones walking in the same pace and in perfect alignment with one another; man becomes machine. In "Modern Times" Chaplin's character falls short in keeping up to speed with his duties on the assembly line.
5.2.1 These films spoke to the "sense of social alienation and increasing mechanisation of production" that many artists felt with this new modern lifestyle (pp18)
5.3 Modernity as an "Iron Cage"
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