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The Difference between Modernity & Modernism | Art Terms | LittleArtTalks

The Difference between Modernity & Modernism | Art Terms | LittleArtTalks


Modernism and Modernity are two separate things. Let’s talk about what they mean, and why
it’s important to know the difference. Hey guys, it’s Karin. Welcome back to little art talks. Modernity is the term we’re all familiar
with – out of the two, it’s the more general term. According to Webster’s dictionary, modernity
is something new, “involving recent techniques, methods, or ideas.” When we talk about the late nineteenth, early
twentieth century Europe, you can say that modernity was characterized by innovations
that include technologies such as the railroad, automobile, and coal engines, as well as ideologies
such as democracy, socialism, and liberalism. Modernism, on the other hand is a more specific
type of thought. With the suffix -ism, denoting a system of
ideas, principle, or ideological movement. It’s a belief, world view, set of systems,
ways of thinking about life. Modernism was a philosophical movement in
the late 19th and early 20th centuries, which arose with the development of modern industrial
societies and the rapid growth of cities. In the arts, it was a radical break with the
past, and a concurrent search for new forms of expression. The Modernists felt that the traditional forms
of art had become outdated in the new economic, social, and political environment of an emerging
fully industrialized world. We talked about the avant-garde in a previous
video, so go ahead and check out that video for more information. To summarize, modernism and modernity are
two very different terms, not be confused. So when you’re writing your paper for art
history class, make sure you write the right term. The former refers to a very specific type
of thought and the latter is the broad characteristics of a contemporary time period. I hope this video helped you better understand
the difference between modernism and modernity. And if you like this video, please give it
a thumbs up and subscribe to Little Art Talks for more videos on art history. Thanks so much for watching, and I’ll see
you guys next time.

12 comments on “The Difference between Modernity & Modernism | Art Terms | LittleArtTalks

  1. Interestingly Jacques Ranciere argues that modernism isn't a break with the past, but a breaking down of the hierarchy of genres that defined pre-modern art. Painters can paint rock-breakers or funeral goers with the same dramatic weight as paintings of Napeoleon or Mars. No subject is too ordinary.

  2. Perfect! I took art history a little over 10 years ago while I was working on my BA in Fine Arts Visual Arts Computer Arts. This video is helps me prepare for Grad School. Obtaining a MFA in Fine Arts Visual Arts Interdisciplinary Media Arts and Animation is a little stressful at my age.

  3. ، كمدخل لفهم مفهوم الحداثة: ممتاز جدا، أتمنىأان يكتشف المثقفون العرب نظرة مختصرة أولية حول مفهوم الحداثة. لكن ما معهنى الحداثية؟ – and What about Modernissim? See Vladimir Jankélivitch-

  4. It's Sad Progressives & Liberalism has lowered all humanity down to the level that even incest isn't off limits to them.
    Gay sex with your consenting Family members is Okay?
    Family Sex is GREAT with Liberals
    Do you teach your kids that?
    When does it stop when you legalize sex with the animals?

  5. thanks . . . that was very succinct . . . also, just as an aside, I love the arrangement of books and objects in the shelves behind you . . . lent some contextual modernism to your talk . . . 🙂

  6. This is horribly wrong. She said modernity was modernism in the beggining and then said whereas modernity was something different. Huh? Did she mean to say modernism in the beggining and made a mistake? This makes it sound like they're the same thing.

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