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07:19 AM ET (US)
While researching on modernism I came across an article written by Sarah Murray which states that “The definition of the term, Modernism, has long been a source of contention, but at its root, it refers to one who is an advocate of all things modern.”
Murray, p. (2009) What is modernism?
07:19 AM ET (US)
Modernist movement took place between the late 1800s and the early 1900s.
The Modernist movement is characterised by the abandonment of old ideas and breaking established rules, enabling people to free themselves to explore new avenues of thought.(23/03/2011 by Andrew Giddings )

07:18 AM ET (US)
I think that it isn't correct to resume Modernism, Postmodernism or whatever part of history in a sentence or in few words but I think that this quote from Josef Muller-Brockmann really make you enter in the thought of the time: "The grid system is an aid, not a guarantee. It permits a number of possible uses and each designer can look for a solution appropriate to his personal style. But one must learn how to use the grid; it is an art that requires practice."
07:18 AM ET (US)
modernisum was a movment that proceded realisum. it was great. everyone had a good time.
07:17 AM ET (US)
With regard to Postmodernism, Brendan McGuigan wrote the article on the website wisegeek.com , it is a broad term used to describe movements in a wide range of disciplines, including art, philosophy, critical theory, and music.
The word ‘modernism’ ,on the other hands , refers to the characteristics of the modern time and it is a new thought or practice which is called as modernism. It attempted to rethink science, art, culture, ethics, philosophy and psychology. It attempted to the find new or hidden meaning in the human experience and had to deal with coming to terms with new ideas by Jyoti Bhusal from zuich.

( McGuigan, B. (2010)
WiseGeek , What is postmodernism?, http://www.wisegeek.com/what-is-postmodernism.htm)
( Bhusal, J. (2007) ,Articlesbase , What is modernism? http://www.articlesbase.com/publishing-art...dernism-269796.html
07:16 AM ET (US)
According to the essay written from Christopher L. C. E. Witcombe that start "the word ‘modern’ was used to refer generically to the contemporaneous;"(1997)
Anthony Peacock
07:16 AM ET (US)
According to Ashleigh Berryman (2011), on her personal wordpress blog she writes: Modernism was experimentation in art, it was progress and a totally new way of thinking. Anybody could be modernist, ‘Dancers, artists, designers, musicians, architects, and writers… anybody who wanted to ‘Exit Victorian ways of thought and enter a new way of thinking. Modernism is giving up old ways in pursuit of new methods and avant garde attitudes.’

Many people couldn’t accept this new form of art because ‘To accept this new art was to accept changes in society in general’

07:14 AM ET (US)
Acording to Sudip B. (May/June 2008) What is modernism? http://www.preservationnation.org/magazine...t-is-modernism.html, (23.03.2011)Trying to define modernism can be a frustrating exercise. As a style, it is less coherent, its boundaries looser, than, say, classicism. Many critics would argue that modernism is not even a singular style, that it incorporates a great variety of aesthetics and sensibilities. And just who were the modernists? Frank Lloyd Wright vehemently opposed being grouped with them, but modernist architecture would not have been the same without him.

Modernism roughly spans the time between World War I and the early 1970s. What we generally think of as the modernist ethic evolved first in Europe, among such architects as Le Corbusier, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, and Walter Gropius, the latter two of the German Bauhaus school. The European modernists imbued their work with an inherent morality and social consciousness and were often associated with left-wing politics. Intrigued by the emerging technologies of the day, they embraced concrete, glass, and steel in their revolutionary creations. They eschewed ornament, rejecting what they saw as the frivolous strokes of Victorian and art nouveau styles. Their work was both spare (think of Mies' famous dictum "Less is more") and lyrical. Perhaps above all, they believed in function dictating form, though many architects, such as Le Corbusier, would eventually distance themselves from that tenet.

In 1932, Philip Johnson and Henry-Russell Hitchcock curated a landmark exhibition at New York City's Museum of Modern Art in which they coined the term International Style. Aside from introducing the work of architects such as Mies to the American public, the exhibit consciously tried to define a movement. The ground was now broken for a distinctly American modernism to emerge, and the architects who subsequently worked in this country became less concerned with the moral and social aspects of building and more interested in appearance. Jonathan Glancey, the architecture editor of The Guardian, sums up the movement this way: "Modernism was not simply a style: but more of an attitude, a determination to break with the past and free the architect from the stifling rules of convention and etiquette."
07:13 AM ET (US)
Mark Ingham
07:05 AM ET (US)
What is Modernism?
06:51 AM ET (US)
What is postmodernism?

With modernism being everything that concerns the “present” in particular relation to art, culture, architecture, society, politics and everything else and therefore postmodernism which literally means “after” is everything else that goes against the principles and practises of the modern world.

An interesting article I came across can be found here -http://www2.iath.virginia.edu/elab/hfl0242.html
06:42 AM ET (US)
It is tripartite: Post-modern-ism.

The ultimate element is the above-mentioned "ism" or the personal form
"ist." It is a Greek and Latin ending, connoting the adoption, often
perverse or specious, of the habits of a group.

The penultimate element, "modern," is a coinage of the sixth century A.
D. It comes from the Latin word modo, "just now, this moment."
The Modernists were in rebellion against all sorts of determinism, and they subverted the simple temporal causality of physical time by using flash-backs, by cutting back and forth, by introducing timeless revelatory moments.

The first and the final element of Post-modernism is its first syllable, "post." ""Post" in this context does not mean simply "after" in time, as period prefixes often do.

06:33 AM ET (US)
what is postmodernism?
firstly post means after...so this means after modernism...
but what is modernism? this is a genre of art, literature and other things.
modern is contemporary ideas such as modern furniture, modern fashion, modern art as you can see on this:

this link describes post modernism in a simple way: http://www.pbs.org/faithandreason/gengloss/postm-body.html

'Postmodernism is "post" because it is denies the existence of any ultimate principles'
Edited 03-23-2011 06:36 AM
Reema Mana
06:33 AM ET (US)
What is Postmodernism?

Anthony Peacock
06:32 AM ET (US)
"Postmodernism is a complicated term, or set of ideas, one that has only emerged as an area of academic study since the mid-1980s. Postmodernism is hard to define, because it is a concept that appears in a wide variety of disciplines or areas of study, including art, architecture, music, film, literature, sociology, communications, fashion, and technology. It's hard to locate it temporally or historically, because it's not clear exactly when postmodernism begins."


So Postmodernism may not always be talking about just visual arts, but other new art forms that are different from the current.
06:32 AM ET (US)
What is postmodernism?
Postmodernism is an artistic and academic movement that emerged during the 1960s and '70s as a successor to Modernism. Postmodernism rejects many of the fundamental assumptions of Western civilization since the Enlightenment period of the 18th century.

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