Our Generation’s Re-Acceptance of Aesthetic Values – EC Post

When thinking  about Postmodernism and whether or not I feel its values have remained relevant to my generation, I can see both sides; that it still persists as the main theory of our thinking and that it has become obsolete.

Movements like activist art and pieces that I would still consider to be mostly conceptual are still being studied and created in art schools today, and the importance of the artists statement and having a sort of hidden conceptual reason behind ones art both continue to be emphasized over pure visual interest in art classes (at least in my experience).  These are things that I consider to fall under the category of Postmodernist theory and practice.  However, I can see in my generation, both from discussions in various classes and the type of work I see produced in studios, a definite tendency towards a greater interest in aesthetic values and art for visual purposes over concept.  I see this also in types of art that are “popular” and enjoyed by people of my generation, myself included, such as street art and graphic art, which are more and more being displayed in museums and galleries and discussed by art and art history students alike.  Even things like fashion or interior design, arguably  purely visual mediums, have an increasing presence in respected art institutions like the Met in New York and are no longer considered just “decorative arts.”  Honestly, and I do not know if this has been everyone’s experience, I have seen most people in my studio classes completely reject Conceptualism and Postmodernism in general as ridiculous and very frustrating and difficult to understand.  As an Art History  and Studio Art double major, I have developed maybe more of an interest or a better understanding of these movements than I would have as a solely Studio major, but I can see a definite movement away from these theories in Studio classes and a lack of interest in producing works based on them.

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