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What are the differences between Late Modernism and Post-Modernism?

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Answered 2010-10-29 18:36:14

Art "movements" are convenient, simplifying and distorted labels that attempt an historical account of art work. Modernism is generally agreed to have begun at the beginning of the 20th century with the advent of Fauvism (e.g. Matisse), Expressionism (e.g. Munch) and Cubism (e.g. Picasso). Late modernism would include Minimalism (e.g. Judd, Andre) and Conceptualism (e.g. Nauman, On Kawara). Both these movenments, Minimalism and Conceptualism have their roots early in the 20th century with Malevich and Duchamp (hence, the distorted labels). Post-Modernism follows on the heels of Late Modernism, around the mid 1970's, and, some say, hails the end of Modernism. PM is defined as the art of identity and challenges the autonomy of art. Nothing we can say or do is truly "original". Reality and Representation overlap. PM emphasizes the way images and symbols shift or lose their meaning. PM also claims to be the stage where all our basic needs - food, clothing, shelter, protection from violence, education - are met. Of course, this isn't happening around the world and, thus, many say only Euro-North American culture is Post-Modernist. Check out Julian Schnabel, David Salle, Judy Chicago.

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