The modern mind is in complete disarray. Knowledge has stretched itself to the point where neither the world nor our intelligence can find any foot-hold. It is a fact that we are suffering from nihilism.
Modernism released us from the constraints of everything that had gone before with a euphoric sense of freedom.
Modernism may be seen as an attempt to reconstruct the world in the absence of God.
Modernity exists in the form of a desire to wipe out whatever came earlier, in the hope of reaching at least a point that could be called a true present, a point of origin that marks a new departure.
Don't bother about being modern. Unfortunately it is the one thing that, whatever you do, you cannot avoid.
What modern art means is that you have to keep finding new ways to express yourself, to express the problems, that there are no settled ways, no fixed approach. This is a painful situation, and modern art is about this painful situation of having no absolutely definite way of expressing yourself.
Realistic, naturalistic art had dissembled the medium, using art to conceal art; Modernism used art to call attention to art.
I am truly horrified by modern man. Such absence of feeling, such narrowness of outlook, such lack of passion and information, such feebleness of thought.
Postmodernism is silly and joyless at the same time.
Democracy, material wealth, and universal education are the soil upon which modernism exists.
In general, modern art... has been inspired by a natural desire to chart the uncharted.
War is the highest form of modern art.
In sharp contrasts to traditional art, modern art does not hide the fact that it is something made and produced: on the contrary, it underscores the fact.
The atom bombs are piling up in the factories, the police are prowling through the cities, the lies are streaming from the loudspeakers, but the earth is still going round the sun.
One cannot spend one's time in being modern when there are so many more important things to be.
In societies where modern conditions of production prevail, all of life presents itself as an immense accumulation of spectacles. Everything that was directly lived has moved away into a representation.
You are born modern, you do not become so.
For we, which now behold these present days, Have eyes to wonder, but lack tongues to praise.
Post-modernism is modernism with the optimism taken out.
It takes all the running you can do just to keep in the same place.
For a hundred years, modern painters, stubbornly and in the face of incessant hostility, have moved, step by step, leaving superb monuments by the wayside, towards an art of arrangement whose expressiveness depends less and less upon its elements imitating the objects of the external world.
Much modern art is, at first sight, unnerving... in the contemporary world, we have come to expect instant response and immediate understanding.
The modernist writers found despair inspirational.
When people see one of these new forms of art for the first time, often they can't make sense of it. Then, if it's around long enough, a lot of people get used to it and it becomes assimilated into culture. So there's a morphic field both for the kind of art and for the appreciation of it.
Modernism was influenced by what they call a primativist ethic.
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