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How Did Modern Art Get Stuck on the Purpose of Shocking?

How Did Modern Art Get Stuck on the Purpose of Shocking?

There is a big difference between art that is created from the heart and seek to find the truth, and art simulations today, which unfortunately seek only for the attention of critics. Modern art has become cheap and mainstream as artists are focused on a single goal – to get a rapid public response that is short-lived.

Two Types of Untruth: Lie and Falsification

Everybody can lie. It is enough to say something with the intention of cheating. But falsification is already an action. A liar may pretend to be shocked when his lie comes to the light, but his pretending is already a part of that lie. The counterfeiter, when his uncertainty becomes apparent, is in fact shocked because he has gathered about himself a community that believes in the truth of the thing he is creating, of which he was a member.

To distinguish real art from falsification, the originality has become the key point. It is difficult to say in general terms what originality as a term means, but we have a number of examples: Titian, Beethoven, Goethe, Baudelaire. However, these examples show us that it is difficult to achieve true originality. It cannot just be caught in the air, though it may seem that people of great talent like Mozart did just that. Originality needs to be learned, in order to work hard, to be a master in one specific field, but the most important thing is a personality that is subtle and open to experiences of life. Suffering and loneliness are the natural cost of the true originality.

Becoming a recognized and original artist is not easy. But in a society where art is seen as the highest point of cultural unfoldment, the rewards are huge. As a result, the motivation to counterfeit, to create what is not real, exists. Artists and critics come together to get involved in the process. Artists take on the role of discoverers of an incredible breakthrough, critics empathize with the judges of the true avant-garde. This way led the artists to the point when they are creating art not from their own hearts but producing it according to the rules of shocking and disgusting the society. Could it be called the original art then?

Copy of the Copy

The famous Duchamp urinal became the foundation of the modern contemporary art. Here is how it all works: come up with an idea, exhibit it, call it art, and boldly crush it for everyone until people feel ashamed that they do not understand art, so they will confirm your idea as a piece of art. The trick was repeated with boxes of Andy Warhol. In each case, critics gathered around the “creations” like chickens about new, enigmatic eggs. The art simulation is presented to the public as a completely real work. The universal push to accept simulation as very powerful.

Copy of the Copy
Copy of the Copy

Original gestures like Duchampo cannot be repeated because a nonsense might be taken as a joke only once. The cult of originality very quickly leads to repetition and now we have the whole ocean of copied ideas. The development of simulations is so deeply rooted that it is now difficult to decide what is real and what is not. Finally, now it is said that everything can be art. But the concept that art might have th