What is Postmodernism?
Postmodernism is usually identified from the late 1950s and onwards. Where the modern movement was about finding truth of life and experiences, placing ideas, faith, values, culture within the western world, and unification of vision; postmodernism is the direct opposite.
Postmodern art and literature felt that the truth was a lie, authoritative figures were corrupt, and the West had brought about the destruction of the world. The characteristics of postmodernism can be seen even today, with the denouncement of the unfulfilled promises of science, religion, and technology and the disputes with religion and its figures. Other points of postmodernism are -
- Truth as a contrived illusion
- Liberal Ethics
Who Were the Artists?
While the term may not mean a lot to many people, postmodernism actually spawned several different areas of art and literature, including the Dada movement, Surrealism, Futurism, and Pop Art.
Many of these artists who were a part of this have now become a part of our own pop culture and references - parodies of Salvador Dali's Persistence of Memory have been done on many shows, including the popular animated sitcoms The Simpsons, Family Guy, and American Dad; Andy Warhol's classic screen print portraits of Marilyn Monroe, Barbara Feldon, and Elizabeth Taylor can still be seen today, and of course, the mention of Jackson Pollock will normally have collectors rushing to find one.