Modernism is both a philosophical movement and an art movement, comprising of the loose assemblage of concepts. As with any art period, viewers might not always appreciate the artist until they see his modernistic views impressed upon a tangible commodity. An art period is a phase in the development of the work of an artist, groups of artists, or an art movement. A true art period doesn’t only encompass paintings, etchings, and drawings but also include design, architecture, and literature.
The Good: Modernism’s Clean Minimalist Lines
The culture of Modernism endured from approximately 1870 to 1970 and is still represented today in furniture, buildings, decor, and even kitchenware designs. Commercial Modernism has a different spin on the concept since this form of modernism’s inception in the early 1900s. The movement became commonplace as it wove its way in and out of the consumer boom starting in late 1910. One chair by modernist artist Gerrit Rietveld, constructed in 1917, discarded all ornament, stripped back to the barest and most utilitarian form. Although not comfortable as a chair, as art it is appreciated for its distinct lines and pragmatic appearance.
The Bad: Why Is Modernism Hard To Understand
Why is Modernism so hard to understand? A majority of artists and art collectors have heard the phrases “Art for art’s sake” or “all in the eye of the beholder” when listening to critics. To the untrained eye, a person couldn’t distinguish between a piece of modern art and a child’s finger painting. But, if one brags, they “get modernism” they’re acting fake and bourgeois. From the artist’s standpoint, the piece just reflects what he or she was feeling that day. An art collector can’t see what they don’t feel. The reasoning behind misunderstood Modernism might lie within the very different emotions felt by the artist and the viewer.
The Ugly: Funny or Out and Out Forgery?
Modernism has been faked and even made fun of through the years. If someone plagiarizes a piece of someone else’s creative works, it’s often thought of like a compliment, illegal, but a compliment just the same. Modernism copies, some originally made in jest, appealed to the uneducated eye just the same. Hence, reproductions created for one’s private enjoyment, a joke, or a bit part in a comedy skit ultimately became bonafide forgeries. A few sold at auction unbeknownst to the auctioneer, owner of the auction house, and the buyer, fetching over eight million dollars.
The issue with Modernism is the attitude modern artist subscribe to known as the refusal to mold to any one particular art movement which, in itself is an art movement. Modernism is dangerous and often dark, costing some artists their sanity, and most art buyers their millions. Many art “connoisseurs” prefer the alternative of art that makes them feel happy and uplifted.