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Transitioning between Two Major Art Movements

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Transitioning between Two Major Art Movements

 

Historically, the period between any two major fine art movements has been tumultuous, fraught with young artists proliferating a wide variety of experimental styles, with major metropolitan fine art scenes constantly birthing new schools of thought. Typically, (and this was especially true before the Internet), each major art movement spawned a major reactionary period, in which artists deliberately defied the conventions of the prior period. One of the greatest historical examples of such conduct is the reactionary period immediately following neo-Classicism in Europe, which eventually became the Romantic fine art movement. Whereas neo-Classicism stressed rational thought and scientific explanation, expounding upon the ideas and thought processes generated during the European Enlightenment, Romanticism in contrast emphasized terror, awe, and the value of intense human emotion as a primary lens through which to view life and experience.

 

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These reactionary periods are by their very nature shocking, as fine art critics of the previous prevailing art movement often attempt to dismiss newly created reactionary pieces and styles as immature. Art critics share this impulse in common with critics of all other disciplines: the tendency to judge based on the prevailing artistic gestalt. As one might imagine, some young artists who start down the reactionary path inevitably fizzle, never gaining the audience to sustain multiple gallery viewings. Others (and this process has been greatly aided by the Internet) do, gradually building enough of an audience to strike out into local and regional galleries with their reactionary content. As the reputation of these new artists grows, so proceeds the evolution of the reactionary period into the prevailing style, a pattern that has repeated itself many times not only among art movements, but in musical and literary conventions as well.

 

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With the advent of the digital age, separating artistic tastes into prevailing and reactionary styles becomes easier in the sense that artists maintain direct, fast communication all over the world. The Internet / online art forum also makes this separation and criticism more difficult as well, since styles and influences can change on a dime anywhere in the world given the speed and reliability of Internet communication. This communication has allowed previously compartmentalized enclaves of artists maintain regular contact with enclaves in other parts of the world. While some may lament the truly original styles that can emerge with relative cultural isolation, many young artists have adapted well to the flurry of new influences to create pieces and learn new techniques that, in previous eras, they would not have been able to learn.

 

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