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Is Modern Art Still Art?
‘Is modern art still art’ happens to be a perennial debate. The never ending argument seems to be catching up with all sections of the society. For a long time, it had been a hush-hush murmur in the corridors of those who are apparently appreciative of art and have a sense of understanding what art it. Today, the battle lines are drawn out in the open. At one end the intellectuals blame the philistines for their ignorance while at the other end there are people who genuinely feel that most of what modern art puts up in the offing is at best gibberish and do not make any sense at all.
To be completely nonpartisan in this context and to be fair to all parties at the same time, it would be fair to say that the quality of art has certainly met with a steady decline. Today, art is no longer just painting, literature or music. Art has branched out to photography, cinematography, visual arts, graphic and all kinds of technology aided creations. One would only be an ignorant if one doesn’t acknowledge the different types of art that have evolved over time, especially over the last hundred years.
For anyone to understand if modern art can still be considered to be art, it is necessary to delve into the past and the evolution of art. Hundreds of years ago, art was primarily an offshoot of two basic truths. One, reality was interpreted by an artist or a real image observed by an artist was reproduced on the canvas, walls, ceilings or paper. Two, an artist would have a thought, a philosophy, an understanding of the world, mankind or nature and life and that would produce art. Modern art still has the former reason as one of the seeds but the latter has largely faded into oblivion. Hardly do we get to see art that is borne out of a philosophy or a sincere deep rooted thought and belief. On the other hand, modern art has made way for formulaic artistry, which can never be called true art.
Artists and art lovers have done a great deal of disservice to art as well. To either protect the interests or existence of artists through the modern era or to present oneself as an intellectual and art lover, poor quality art has been produced and appreciated. There is a huge sense of wannabe-ism among artists as well as art lovers. This is not among all and sundry but across a majority.
Modern art has certainly gone downhill and if there is no resurgence or resurrection, art will be on a further decline. To the contrary, photography, visual art and graphics are evolving aggressively and getting better by the day.
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