Art Movements

Which art movement since World War II has been the most influential to you personally and why? Why did art change so much during the 20th century and explore o many non-traditional forms?  Did the content of art change as did the form of art? In what ways?


Regarding which art movement peaks my interests, I did read, with fervor, the different sections of our text covering the issue. While my interests are peaked by feminist art, realizing it’s significance and due honor, I am reminded of other ‘isms’.  Yes, there is realism, surrealism, impressionism and a few others, but, what of other social topics? Ageism art, racism art, or sexism art? I realize these social  topics are represented in other manners throughout the art world either in abstract, video or other such style. But, none has it’s ‘own’ like feminism, and I can’t articulate this in a way that is informed or intelligent.


Graffiti or punk art, as mentioned on page 552, provides some interest as well. Yet, all together, as a whole, these styles are not intriguing or fascinating enough to hold my interest beyond a few individual pieces. The work presented by Jean Michel Basquiat is pretty cool. But, as an individual representation of a movement, it, again, lacks the endearing quality I find endearing in other styles or movements.


The Word Images concept as art, on page 523, never really occurred to me that it was an art form. I realize that I’ve, actually, created this type of art, along with triptychs, and never knew it. Still, I’m not very enamored.


So, of the topics covered,  I’m at a loss for favorites of any style since WWII. It may be unfortunate, but, I am helpless and have no control over it.


Art may have changed for a variety of reasons. I can think of, or glean two possible influences. One is in the precipice of the question posed in prompting this assignment. We had just experienced a world war. This one occuring for the second time in about twenty-five years. This, truly, helped make the world a little smaller. We, the U.S., travelled to faraway lands, met new people, experienced exotic cultures and a way of life different than our own in the midst of chaos, tragedy, death and getting to the lowest depths humankind can go by the way of  ghettos, concentration camps and internment sites. At the same time, we brought the U.S. into the yards and homes of all the countries we tread in. So, there was a mixing of culture on a global scale. Unfortunately, it took a world war and a genocidal leader to preform some sort of ethnic cleansing to prompt it, even if it was an indirect action. I believe a movie came out last year called ‘The Monument Men’. Mainly, a group of U.S. G.I.’s were called upon to save the art of Europe and the world. Based on a true story, we can see the global value and significance art is, and the role war plays in art, or, is it vice-a-versa?


During the conceptualization of ‘modern times’, another influence was in play. Yes, it’s way after the industrial revolution, but, yet, the world was still being revolutionized. It was before the space and decades before the information age. As mentioned, WWII brought the U.S. into the living rooms of the world and the world into our homes.


On many levels, the cross-exposure to other cultures and technologies was a sort of cross-pollination. The world, in a cosmic sense, was on the brink of being fully discovered – leaving no more frontiers to be crossed into. The only space left on earth left undiscovered for us to further seek out and explore was beyond terrestrial confines of this great sphere… it is one with and of our minds, hearts and souls – the true vessels of all our creativity and artistic endeavors.


Sure, there is a place for paintings of The Grand Canyon or island sunsets, but, now, the subjects become a device for something more – whatever we want to make it to be. With the cosmonauts astronauts of the ’50’s and ’60’s, they were to take our hopes and dreams, physically, into the cosmos.


We are left to the artists to explore the more ephemeral, esoteric contents of the cosmos, both in the natural plane and within the human element. It is their purpose, though, not entirely, to present that discovery for us. And in doing so, it is for us to to re-imagine, be intrigued, influenced inspired, moved into action or, perhaps, to halt us where we are and hold us in a stoic reflection of what was, what is and what could be.


Referencing – Textbook: Living with Art, Mark Getlein, McGraw-Hill Humanities/Social Sciences/Languages; 10th edition (2013) ISBN13# 97800773379258

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