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ART TALK:  A monthly quote from the field of art and aesthetics.

July 2017

On Postmodernism:

For the past week or two, I have been studying a book by Christopher Butler, “Postmodernism:  A Very Short Introduction” published by Oxford University Press, 2002.


I believed that postmodernism was primarily an artistic and architectural style concerned with recycling and re-energizing former aesthetic concepts.  This book; however, is actually focused on Deconstruction, and tries to explain the underlying concepts of the movement.


The basic idea of Deconstruction is that everyone is constantly being manipulated by the language we use, the media, and the cultures that we belong to.  Additionally, deconstructionists believe that one can not write about science, history, literature, and art without examining the hidden biases embedded in these disciplines.  These hidden biases are based on past structures of thought which somehow are complicit in the support of sexist, racist, capitalist, societal structures.


Since there is no longer a belief in unbiased objectivity, we are seeing an increase in polarization in higher education.  Intellectuals, academics and students on both the right and the left excoriate those whose views they disagree with.  This attitude does not guarantee freedom of speech, and it is  frequently used as a weapon to close off debate.


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Cowboy Diptich, oil and denim collage on canvas, two pieces each 10" x 18", 2017

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Self portrait photo a la Warhol's "Interview."
Self portrait photo a la Warhol's "Interview."