JOHN A WALKER- ART IN THE AGE OF MASS MEDIA

CULTURAL PLURALISM AND POST MODERNISM-

Modern architecture involved variety of MOVEMENTS, STYLES and GROUPS- not share same characteristics, but principles did recur

Reaction to HISTORICISM of academic art in 19th c- reject ANARCHISM (believe in abolishment of government) of Victorian Art. New age of MACHINE and TECHNOLOGY- fresh beginning

Some believed FORM FOLLOWS FUNCTION- others ART BASED ON PRINCIPLES=STYLELESS

New age- break past tradition- EXPERIMENT INNOVATION

REJECT ORNAMENT- geometric and organic forms, SIMPLICITY, CLARITY, UNIFORM, PURE, ORDER

Favour INTERNATIONAL style- universally applicable

FUTURE art- new environment improve human behaviour

DISREGARD popular taste- tower blocks and public housing appeared in 60s hated by those who lived there

SUCCESS (ISH)- preserved in museums futurists wanted to destroy

FAILED (ISH)- DISASTERS OF MODERN ARCHITECTURE- styles little substance

LATE MODERNISM- JENCKS- during postmodernism era, modernism continues but not dominant, one style from range

RECURRENT FEATURES OF POST MODERNISM- no one authentic style, include history ‘retro-style’, ornate decoration, contradiction and ambiguity replace simplicity, mix high and low culture (please audiences), function and form less important, INTERTEXUALITY

DIVERSITY- multi-media, multi-racial, multi-cultural

ARCHITECTS INTEGRATE OLD AND NEW

Critics claim no major artists or styles in 70s, new art not recognised by art world due to withdrawal from tradition of museums, COMMUNITY MURALS IN STREETS, could not be bought

LIVES: AN EXHIBITION OF ARTISTS WHOSE WORK IS BASED ON OTHER PEOPLES LIVES- exhibition end of decade, overcome elitism, transcend divisions of high and low culture “POPULARIST EXHIBITION…CONCERNING OR OPEN TO ALL OR ANY PEOPLE”- collection- videos of people at work, feminist work about rape, punk graphics, family photo albums

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