20th Century Art?
By pcr on Shk 19, 2005
I promise I am not making this up...500 British art critics voted Marcel Duchamps "Fountain" (pictured to the left if you were wondering) the most important piece of art produced in the 20th century. Leaving aside all the outrage over whether or not a urinal actually is a piece of art and other equally contentious discussions, lets just grant the premise. If so, what a bankrupt century. I guess when we look back to trench warfare, facism, the gulags, the killing fields, Ruwanda, etc. we can see that it was a very bleak century. Modernity died a just death and I hope post modernism is passe in the new millenium.
Daniel Henninger, in the an OpinionJournal piece, offers the view that in the age of the computer chip perhaps the defining art of the new millenium is an iPod. His argument is that in our frantic age it allows at least the contemplation of music. One wonders about the quality of music embedded on those millions of iPods but then thats another argument altogether. I will state that art in the new millenium is certainly looking better than art at the end of previous millenium.