David Nevard, “The Argument”
(ca. 2010s, British Modern, chalk, charcoal, pastel and spray paint on cardboard)As you’ve come to discover, the history of Modern Art is one full of controversies and debates, leveled from the outside as well as from the inside of the movement. Indeed, we’ve watched many video essays that have attempted to “make the case” for different Modern Art movements and artists, while we have also done the work to critically rethink some of the accepted narratives that praise or support various artists and artworks. For your final exam essay, you are going to marshal everything that you have learned in this class to engage with an argument made againstModern Art, and propose your own original counter-argument forModern Art.1. To begin, watch the following video essay/argument made against Modern Art:2. Provide an overview summary of Florczak’s main points of argument and the reasons/evidence he offers to support his opinion. Do you agree or disagree with Florczak’s argument made against Modern Art?3. Propose your own original counter-argument to Florczak based on what you have learned about Modern Art this semester. Answer preview:Robert Florczak from Prager University put his arguments across and explained why he feels that Modern art is so bad. According to him, classical artists such as Leonardo, Rembrandt and Bierstadt had astonishing and beautiful works such as “The Mona Lisa”, “The Pieta” and “The Girl”. The arts of these classical artists uplifted and inspired people. The artists had been guided by the highest standards of excellence in their works. They also improved and perfected the art of other previous art masters (Florczak, 2014). Additionally, they always aspired to the highest quality attainable.The Change to Modern Art However, all these good work and art of the classical artists that was based on excellence started to die out with the coming of the modern artists, also known as the “Impressionists”. According to Florczak, the beautiful and inspiring classical was art was replaced with what he calls “different and ugly”.Word: 1,500
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