Postmodern Art. Art? Analytical Essay by scribbler

Postmodern Art. Art?
Muses on the nature of art in Western culture especially postmodern art.
# 152420 | 1,485 words | 6 sources | MLA | 2013 | US
Published on Feb 10, 2013 in Art (History) , Sociology (Media and Society) , Philosophy (General)

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This paper first explains that the mimesis of postmodern art is that this art is endlessly derivative but requires something to imitate and parody to create its reproductive aesthetic. Next, the author presents the examples of Monet's 'Haystacks', Charles and Ray Eames' 'Chair' and especially Andy Warhol's reproductive Pop Art depictions of Campbell's soup cans, Brillo boxes and Marilyn Monroe. The paper concludes that, even more so in postmodern art than in art of the past, what is called 'art' is a lagging cultural indicator and has always been mimetic in nature. Several quotations are embedded in this paper.

From the Paper:

"It could be argued that art has come full circle, and now we have experienced a return to mimesis: postmodern art is endlessly derivative, but it requires something to imitate and parody to create its reproductive aesthetic. The Western notion that art is separate from everyday life and craftsmanship is at an end, as postmodernism highlights the fact that art is never larger than the culture that produces it and 'art' is itself a Western cultural construction. Consider earlier societies where everyday objects such as dinnerware and ritual implements might look like 'art' to our eyes, but were merely artful renditions of necessary objects. This concept of 'art' now seems closer to our own era. Now, a work of photography intended for a magazine taken by Annie Leibovitz or an inauguration gown can be displayed in a museum such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City and be designated with the coveted title of 'art' even if its original purpose was disposable and functional rather than transcendent or a supposed expression of the creator's soul. Western culture has evolved beyond the Romantic conception of art as a vehicle of pure personal expression."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Clowney, David. "Aesthetics: Arthur Danto." Rowan University. May 12, 2010.
  • Danto, Arthur. After the End of Art. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1997.
  • Eames, Charles & Ray. "Chair." Street Art. May 12, 2010.
  • Hughes, Robert. American Visions. Knopf, 1997.
  • "Interview." Guerrilla Girls. From Confessions of the Guerrilla Girls, published in 1995.May 12, 2010.

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