modernism, postmodernism and metamodernism
I have posted from time to time about modernism and post-modernism (by the way I love that reference in the Simpsons where PoMo is defined as “weird for the sake of weird”).
I came across an excellent write-up at timmarshall20 of the postmodernism exhibition currently showing at the V&A.
And thank you Abstraktion.org for your recent blog post, bringing my attention to a term that is new to me “metamodernism” ( I met a modernism once and it changed my life) and to the WordPress blog on this very subject at Notes on Metamodernism.
In his review of the V&A show, Tim Marshall highlights the ‘past-ness’ of postmodernism, so if metamodernism might be taking its place, what might it look like?
It is an attitude that oscillates between a modern enthusiasm and sincerity and a postmodern irony; between grand narratives and personal life stories; between science and mysticism; between critical distance and affect; and between concepts and craftwo/manship. It is an attitude that says, as Jerry Saltz, of all people, once put it: “I know that the art I’m creating may seem silly, even stupid, or that it might have been done before, but that doesn’t mean this isn’t serious.” It is an attitude also that says, following the legacy of that increasingly important artist Bas Jan Ader, “I know I will fail, but that is the point: to try in spite of”.
(From What is Metamodernism at Notes on Metamodernism, edited by Nadine Fessler, Robin van den Akker, and Timotheus Vermeulen)
At Abstraktion.org they ask if Metamodernism might point the way forward for abstraction, quoting at length from Luke Turner‘s Metamodernist Manifesto I don’t know the answer, but I like the question, and I sense that it is one I will be thinking about a lot.
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