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Author: Aleisha Olson

This lesson will explore the meaning of Postmodernism in art.

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This lesson introduces the movement of Postmodernism and discusses the differences between Modernism and Postmodernism in the arts.

Source: mage of Duchamp, Fountain, Public Domain, http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Marcel_Duchamp.jpg; Image of Levine, Fountain (After Marcel Duchamp, A.P.), Photo by Cea, Creative Commons, http://www.flickr.com/photos/centralasian/6967859284/

Notes on "Postmodernism"



  • Postmodernism

    A 20th-century philosophy and art movement characterized by qualities that include politics, appropriation, installation, and non-traditional materials.

  • Modernism

    A 20th-century art movement that parts from past artistic traditions and does not adhere to any one style, having characteristics that include abstraction, order, minimalism, and rigid formalism.

  • Appropriation

    An artmaking process takes or “borrows” objects or images from everyday life and reassigns their context.

  • Originality

    The idea of being unique, new, or inventive.

  • Installation

    A technique of creating artwork in a space that creates an immersive experience.

  • Institutional Critique

    A process of formalized evaluation.