Modernism and Postmodernism

Art Critics are educated people who have educated guesses on what an artist's symbolism or inspiration was for an artwork. There are many periods and schools of thought for art and each critic has an original viewpoint of what the artist attempting to convey to an audience.
Modernist critics are of the school of thought that art theory must be taught to the public before they are able to analyse the symbols or motivation behind the image, also that an image can have only one analysis made of it. This one way is an examination of the actual technique that was used in the creation of the artwork or a description like'heavy black and whitish or gunmetal chiaroscuro'. 1
Clement Greenberg is an example of a modernist critic who argue that modernism allowed the painting to be without any misapprehensions. He believes that one must learn an artist's'idiom' before they are able to realise the artwork's flexibility and he describes Jackson Pollock's works as'among the strongest abstract paintings I have seen by an American painter'. 2 As a modernist Greenberg allows himself to judge a painter because he considers himself to be educated enough to air his opinions.
'’Postmodernism’. Definitions seem to vary with every citation'. 3 This taken into consideration we may say that postmodernism is simply what anyone wants it to be, changed to suit their view on the matter. Perhaps that is what the person who coined the phrase wanted it to be, an entirely personal piece of art that is not supposed to be interpreted by anyone else. Therefore, a postmodern art critic would have to be someone who interprets the work as a visual representation of the society from any perspective they choose, so the conceptual framework (world, audience, artist and art work) could apply to both the critique and the artwork.
An early critic of postmodernism is Lucy Lippard who reviewed art from t


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