What is Postmodern Art?

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Postmodernism is described as the phase of twentieth century Western culture that has been often defined as the visual culture produced in the period after modernism, though there has been much recent debate since the early 1980’s as to what the definition of Postmodernism could be. Postmodern art has always been difficult to define for various reasons which include what styles of art should be included in the movement, what is the exact artistic style of Postmodern art and the insufficiency to specify what exactly postmodernism is. One of the most basic definitions of the term postmodernism is that it is post-modern or after the modernist period, this not only gives us a better understanding but a clearer starting point in the search for the true definition of Postmodernism that everyone can come to an agreement on.

To come up with a concise meaning that would clearly describe Postmodernism, we must first make a understandable distinction of the difference between contemporary and postmodern art. This distinction of difference needs to be made because some people disagree with the fact that we are in a period after Modernism and the art created in this period are not conflicting to Modern art but rather an extension of the style. Although many movements are classified under the Modern art banner including Impressionism, Surrealism, Cubism, Pop art and Abstract art, it is because of this a lot of people think that postmodern art is not its own distinct art form.

When looking at the idea of Postmodern art we must keep in mind what are the unique characteristics of this movement that make its so genuinely different from the other art movements, and different from Modernism in particular. Which is why the majority of people cla...

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