Understanding Modern -Isms

The origins of “modernism” date from the late eighteenth century to the early twentieth. Urbanisation, grueling wars fought with never-before-seen mechanical horrors, medical advancements and new conveniences brought into homes had much to do with the formation of distinct, disillusioned-yet-progressive identities in the West. There were three concepts around which the brave new world tended to…

Face To (The) Face

Postmodernism is a notoriously difficult idea to pin down; sometimes it feels like the best you can do when asked for any kind of definition is to roll your eyes and say how tricky it is to get to get to grips with, thus proving how well you understand the complexity of the subject. The…

The Mirror Cracked

The most instructive detail about Postmodernism: Style and Subversion 1970-1990 is that it is held in a museum. It is a display of assorted relics; historical artefacts that tell us something about the times in which they were conceived; artistic merit is only tenuously relevant, and a far smaller venue would have sufficed for a…