A modern view on modern art

By Tuesday Bowen & Devin Malone

Art is an expressionistic medium that is universally held in high regard amongst all people across the globe. Artists such as Leonardo Da Vinci and Vincent Van Gogh have become household names; and their art, despite being centuries old at this point, remains a topic of discussion amongst critics and the common man alike. Pieces by these artists, such as Van Gogh’s “The Starry Night,” allow for people to not only reflect on the past, but relate to the author’s emotional state. Quite frankly, art is the ultimate form of human expressionism.

Despite this, art made in the past 100 years is often overlooked. Even if it is not overlooked, then it often deemed “pretentious.” While this word does have its place, it can often be overused in order to dismiss an art piece that may have substance lying just beyond its exterior.

Names such as Francis Bacon and H.R. Geiger are regularly unnoticed nowadays, despite their art being some of the most viscerally expressive and unique at the time
of its release.
Modern art is too often seen as second best to traditional art. This may be because abstract and contemporary art can be seen as not requiring as much thought, effort, or diligence as traditional art is seen to require. People forget that modern art is simply another development of older artists’ pieces, such as Van Gogh’s.
Yet the reason for such a dismissal or flat out rejection of a piece’s artistic status may be due to the fact that the mediums to which art is presented have expanded beyond the canvas. Films such as David Lynch’s “Eraserhead” or Salvador Dali’s bizarre “Un Chien Andalou” are prime examples of films being a form of emotional and artistic expression.
Beyond that, animation and video games have spawned since the time of Van Gogh, and while both of these mediums may be primarily used for entertainment purposes, that does not take away from the fact that they are masterpieces. Take Studio Ghibli’s “Grave of the Fireflies” or Konami’s “Silent Hill 2” as examples.
Modern art comes in more forms than countable, and as long as its content is a form of creative expression, there is no reason it should be considered anything but art, or held
as a lesser form of such.

Author: Plaid Press

Granada Hills Charter High School newspaper

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