Modernism - an Introduction to the Semester - (2/9)

The Age of Modernity

Artistic Modernism, or Modern Art, arose from within cultural Modernity, a much larger and longer-lived phenomenon.

The Age of Modernity may be thought of as beginning with the Enlightenment (1687 to 1789).

On page 3 of their work, Postmodern Theory: Critical Interrogations (New York: Guilford Press, 1991), Steven Best and Douglas Keller define modernization as a term
denoting those processes of individualization, secularization, industrialization, cultural differentiation, commodification, urbaniation, bureaucratization, and rationalization which together have constituted the modern world.