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Jim Dine and other pop artists like Andy Warhol took everyday things and transformed them into magical objects. In his prints a robe could become a self-portrait, a president, or a hero.

The 1990s was once the forgotten decade of the 20th century but no longer.

LGBT rights are a work in progress in Vietnam. But artists are in the vanguard of the movement, pushing for public acceptance.

EuroVisions: Contemporary Art from the Goldberg Collection presents 64 works by European artists. Its best moments are both intimate and inquisitive.

Western media continues to sell Muslims as perpetrators of savagery, deprivation and torture. But a new exhibit by French-Algerian artist Kader Attia challenges us to see beyond these depictions.

Cate Blanchett howls and contorts in RED, del kathryn barton's ferocious exploration of female power.

Helen Marten, this year's winner, has revealed a sense of something progressive and pioneering.

A new modern art exhibition in Tehran is being promoted as a bracing act of cultural diplomacy. But we should look a little deeper.

New York's Met just announced more job cuts to balance its books as the shifting tastes and demographics make it harder to make a museum's ends meet.

Nigerian superstar Fela Kuti used his music as an art form that provoked. This wasn't only through politics, but also sex.

The NGV's summer exhibition is curated to create a dialogue between Ai Weiwei and Andy Warhol, and this conversation operates on multiple levels on a variety of themes, and across time and space.

Despite rhetoric positioning Australia as a clever and creative country, its artists, particularly in the visual arts, are doing it tough, and things are progressing from bad to worse. Why is that?

Many voices have united in claiming the toy giant Lego is censoring the provocative Chinese artist Ai Weiwei. There are so many things wrong with those arguments it’s hard to know where to begin.

Shortlisted for the Turner in 1997, Christine Borland discusses the suffocating nature of the prize and its shortsighted attempts to branch out.

Bondi's highly popular Sculpture by the Sea has set up shop in Denmark – and the Aarhus event has proved to be an astonishing and very different success to its predecessor.

Vivid Sydney draws larger crowds each year and when it opens this weekend, the streets will be packed. Are events like Vivid Sydney and Paris' Nuit Blanche artistically valuable – or just a lot of fun?

Japanese artist On Kawara worked closely with the Guggenheim Museum on a major retrospective of his work – the fact he died just before it opened lends even greater poignancy to his art.

There are about 30,000 professional practicing visual artists in Australia today (see note). By professional, I mean exhibiting regularly in recognised commercial or public galleries and represented in…

Paul McCarthy, the granddaddy of shock conceptual art, has gone and done it again. In a globally reported move, part-installation and part promotional-stunt to mark the imminent opening of Paris’s Foire…

Liquid Architecture 2014 will take place in various locations in Australia and Singapore from tomorrow to October 11. And, as Australia’s largest sonic arts festival, it raises an obvious question: what…

Contemporary Art Essay

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Contemporary Art: Dealing with Post-Modernity

− ”Art worlds consist of all the people whose activities are necessary to the production of the characteristic works which that world, and perhaps others as well, define as art. … By observing how an art world makes those distinctions rather than trying to make them ourselves we can understand much of what goes on in that world.... The basic unit of analysis, then, is an art world.”
- Howard Becker (Art Worlds)
Postmodernism deconstructs Modernism like Modernism deconstructed art
Like the Simpson's episode that explained Po-Mo as “weird for the sake of weird”,
Postmodernism accepted the philosophy “art for the sake of art”. A very free and democratic practice, a natural response…show more content…

Postmodernism embraces hypertext and hyperplicity, or the rejection of centralized control. It looses trust in the media and public communication, embracing simulacrum as a hyper-reality that was only long-ago based on some sort of truth. Most importantly, Postmodernism rejects the
Modernist idea of high art as normative and dominant. Instead, it merges the concept of “low” and “high” art, effectively canceling them both. Where Modernism saw a work of art as a finished product, signed by the artist and authenticated by the art market,
Postmodernism sees art as a recycling of culture, authenticated by whatever audience that may be. Where Modern art is a separate dichotomy of contrasting themes (organic/nonorganic, realist/abstract), Postmodern art mixes all available ideas into a sensational pastiche. Finally Modernism clearly divided normity versus sexual difference and pornography. Postmodernism embraces whatever ideas have an audience, and mixes polymorphous sexuality and pornography with mainstream media. Postmodernist art and media reject the linear way of working, building upon a specific discourse and ideology. It embraces instead, an anything-goes attitude, expanding mediums and messages into multiple directions. As long as there's an audience somewhere, the work can be considered legitimate art.
Modernist trends in the Postmodern Art-World
It is important to note - since the work is still authenticated by its audience, art still

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