Modernism - an Introduction to the Semester (5/9)

Formalism - Modernist Aesthetics

Artistic Modernism is more recent than philosophical Modernity.
It began during the middle or the end of the 19th century, or during the 1880s -- depending on the discourse. Robert Atkins (Art Speak: A Guide to Modern Ideas, Movements, and Buzzwords, 1848-1944 (New York: Abbeville Press, 1993) dates Modernism "roughly from the 1860s through the 1970s" (p. 139).

The slogan of the era, "art for the sake of art" was voiced by artists who defined themselves as "avant-garde."
Make It New (Ezra Pound)