Blog: Pausing Art History II

Christine Alfery

Posted on December 01 2019

Cony Island Ride by Christine Alfery

Featured image: Coney Island Ride

In looking for the next stand out movement to write about in the art history books, many art historians have latched on to the concept of a postmodern movement.  And, they have defined that postmodern movement as different from modernism, mainly though collective designs and collaborations of an art work. They have taken the notion of the individual out of the work of art and replaced it with the collective group of artists that created the work.  I say, “Fine. Yet the work still needs to be unique, one-of-a-kind, and is never to be repeated.” But what this collective, collaborative concept of group art has morphed into appears like this. Do we all agree this is a good cause to create a visual work about? They all have to agree. In my personal opinion, the work becomes a poster for some political ideology and immediately loses it’s uniqueness and one-of-a-kindness.  To date, I have not seen a work that is a collective that can stand alone as a work of art and not a collective ideal. Mind you, collective visual ideals are great to illustrate but they are a visual history and a documentary, not a work of art.

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