This month, Clef Notes has been looking at how various music and art movements overlap throughout history. Let’s wrap up our topic this week by looking at postmodernism.
Just what is post-modernism? This late 20th-century style in art, music, architecture, and literature began as a reaction to objective explanations of reality. While modernism focused on new innovative ideas and the concept of art for art’s sake, postmodernism believes that anyone can be an artist and often takes images from pop culture or mass production as its subject, thus blurring the bridge between high and low art and culture.
Not sure if you’ve seen postmodern art? If you’ve visited the Cincinnati Art Museum, you most likely saw a few Andy Warhol works that fall into this category. The first, shown here, reflects the idea of mass production and commercialism in art—everyone has seen a Campbell’s soup can!
This next piece draws from pop culture, again, an example of blurring those lines between high and low art. Most people, even those not accustomed to viewing art, would see this piece and be familiar with who it depicts—pop culture icon Pete Rose.
Next time, we’ll take a look at why John Cage is considered to fit into the postmodern category with some of his works.