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Relational Aesthetics – another high brow blog entry?

Definition I think I need to start by defining the two terms separately. Relational – The way in which two (or more) things are connected to each other. Aesthetics – A conception of what is artistically valid or beautiful. Unfortunately … Continue reading

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Modernism and Postmodernism – is there hope?

Modernism – definition Modernism, it appears, is very difficult to define in a concise, single sentence. Some would say that this is because it didn’t encompass a singular style or idea, but rather encompassed a variety of styles and ideas. … Continue reading

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Medium Specificity – what is that?

During our last tutorial, whilst talking about ‘isms’, the concept of ‘medium specificity’ came up and I didn’t understand what it was all about so I decided to investigate once I was sat at home and had time to google … Continue reading

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My fellow students’ isms (in brief) – Part One

Romanticism Romanticism was anti-industry and anti-materialistic movement of the end of the 18th century. Emotions were key to the Romantics. They were against all former styles of academic art. They were very fond of the word ‘sublime’ which makes me … Continue reading

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Bonus ism – Vorticism

Definition – Vorticism Vorticism was a radical art and poetry movement based in the U.K. that illuminated the art world briefly during years before and during World War I. It was an offshoot of Cubism. Even though it was based … Continue reading

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Ism number eight – Suprematism

Definition – Suprematism Suprematism was an art movement which focused on geometric shapes, for example circles, squares, lines, and rectangles. They were painted in a limited range of colours. The movement was founded by Kazimir Malevich in Russia, in 1915. … Continue reading

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Ism number seven – Neo-Conceptualism

Definition – Neo-Conceptualism Neo-Conceptualism was a label applied to the art of the 1980s and 1990s that continued Conceptualism’s questioning of the art object and the art institution, but with a close eye on the commodification of art and its … Continue reading

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