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With changes in culture, come changes in art.

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With changes in culture, come changes in art. Throughout history, artworks have been produced as an imitation of the culture and society in which they were created. The cultural frame examines the meaning of artworks in relation to the social perspective of the community from which it grows. A reflection can be seen in Manet's realist artwork of Olympia, and similarly, Umberto Boccioni's Unique forms of Continuity and Space reflects different beliefs and conventions merely as a result of societal changes. Pop Art works such a Andy Warhol's Marilyn x 100 and Post - modern works, such as Yasumasa Morimura's Monna Lisa in its Origin, are also strong reflections of the society in which they were created. Edouard Manet's Olympia, an extremely controversial painting of its time, reflects greatly its cultural context. Created during the time of Realism (from c.1850 to c.1880) and in the city of Paris, it demonstrated the new and exciting Parisian way of life and the determination of the Realist artists to depict life as it was seen rather than the traditional fantasy and romantic exaggeration. The redesign of Paris in the 1860s saw a great change in the social practices and activities and a rise particularly in the Middle Class due to the prosperous Industrial Revolution. ...read more.

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The twentieth century brought about rapid and radical changes to people's way of thinking and living, which influenced a change in the way people painted. Artists aimed to express new ideas and sometimes their art became highly emotional, and sometimes shocking. War torn Europe was in a state of change, and as society changed, so too did art. The working classes and new middle classes, which were encouraged by improving wages and literacy, were redefining society. Many technological advances were made including the invention of the television, radio and newspaper, which meant works could be easily and widely distributed. Along with invention of camera, painters sought new methods, new ideas and new subjects that were abstract; to capture what the camera could not. Many of the artistic styles which came about during the twentieth century emphasised bold colours which was influenced by the introduction of propaganda by the rise of Communism. The Industrial revolution meant that the subject matter of paintings were new and unlike that of the Renaissance. As a result of these changes, new styles of art evolved, including Pop Art. Pop Art is an art movement and style that had its origins in England in the 1950s and made its way to the United States during the 1960s, and was a reaction against Abstract Expressionism. ...read more.

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They represent my feeling that I exist in between the two worlds." Reminiscent of postmodernism style, Morimura's artwork is one of humor and irony. His artworks are kitsch in the way that they mock important aspects of contemporary artistic features. Morimura has commented on an assimilation of culture and also has tested the audience in altering an extremely eminent and revered artwork. Creating artworks which are parodies and mock accepted beliefs and values is a major characteristic of postmodern art. Artworks are imitations of culture. The time and place in which an artwork is created has a strong influence on its composition and meaning. Manet's Olympia displays the type of society and culture which took place during its creation. As the city of Paris changed so did the views and subjects of artists, creating more real and confronting paintings such as Olympia. Umberto Boccioni's Unique Form of Continuity in Space embraces the machinery and technological advances which were results of the Industrial Revolution of the twentieth century. Andy Warhol's Marilyn x 100 shows strong influence of technology, mass production and the media through its construction and meaning. The kitsch appropriated artwork of Monna Lisa in its Origin by Yasumasa Morimura is a fine example of postmodernism art and a mix of cultures. ...read more.

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