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Modernism and the Visual Arts

Sarah Victoria Turner

in The Oxford Handbook of Modernisms

Published in print December 2010 | ISBN: 9780199545445
Published online September 2012 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199545445.013.0031

Series: Oxford Handbooks of Literature

 Modernism and the Visual Arts

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This article examines the historical relation between modernism and the visual arts. It explains that what constituted ‘the modern’ was constantly shifting within the landscape of art in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Thus, to be modern could mean a radical approach to facture and the formal qualities of the artistic medium, and the creation of new visual languages through which to assess modernity, or it might refer to the new subjects for art that registered the alienating and exhilarating experiences of mechanized, industrialized, and urbanized life. The article explores the idea of remapping the histories of modern art in the case of British modernism.

Keywords: modernism; visual arts; art; artistic medium; visual languages; British modernism

Article.  8851 words. 

Subjects: Literature ; Literary Studies (20th Century onwards) ; Literary Theory and Cultural Studies

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