Best Quotes About Modernism

A 'modern' man has nothing to add to modernism, if only because he has nothing to oppose it with. The well-adapted drop off the dead limb of time like lice. -Elias Canetti

Post-modernism is modernism with the optimism taken out. -Robert Hewison

Postmodernism is among other things a sick joke at the expense of revolutionary avant-gardism. -Terry Eagleton

My definition of modernism took a while to develop. -Peter Gay

What interests me, and has always interested me, has been modernism. -Peter Gay

In Modernism, reality used to validate media. In Postmodernism, the media validate reality. If you don't believe this, just think how many times you've described some real event as being 'just like a movie.' -Brad Holland

Postmodernism cost literature its audience. -Scott Turow

What postmodernism gives us instead is a multicultural defense for male violence – a defense for it wherever it is, which in effect is a pretty universal defense. -Catharine MacKinnon

Can postmodernism hold the perpetrators of genocide accountable? -Catharine MacKinnon

Postmodernism is an academic theory, originating in academia with an academic elite, not in the world of women and men, where feminist theory is rooted. -Catharine MacKinnon

There's this expression called postmodernism, which is kind of silly, and destroys a perfectly good word called modern, which now no longer means anything. -Twyla Tharp

French design hardly exists, except as artificial modernism. -Christian Lacroix

Builders eventually took advantage of the look of modernism to build cheaply and carelessly. -Arthur Erickson

Post-modernism is dead because it didn't address human needs. -David Guterson

Because of the need to remove all modernism, we stayed in the middle of nowhere all day long, living out of tents. It was cold. It definitely set the scene. -Skeet Ulrich

Postmodernism surely requires an even greater grasp of symbolism, as it's increasingly an art of gesture alone. -Andrew Eldritch

A work can become modern only if it is first postmodern. Postmodernism thus understood is not modernism at its end but in the nascent state, and this state is constant. -Jean-Francois Lyotard

Post-modernism has cut off the present from all futures. The daily media add to this by cutting off the past. Which means that critical opinion is often orphaned in the present. -John Berger

Pope Benedict is an amazingly visionary person. What he has done is establish an evolutionary process that will help undo the Reformation. The Anglican Church has been hijacked by modernism, with synods trying to amend the faith and this process will allow traditional Anglicans to be themselves. -Peter Slipper

I started thinking that if post modernism is about people opening up all their skeletons, I'm going the other way. I don't want anyone knowing anything about me anymore. -Billy Corgan

I think as someone who collects beautiful things from the past, the thing that I miss the most about modernism and the things I lament about the past are everyday things that you would use were made more beautifully. -Dita Von Teese

Modernism in other arts brought extreme difficulty. In poetry, the characteristic difficulty imported under the name of modernism was obscurity. But obscurity could just as easily be a quality of metrical as of free verse. -James Fenton

The voice is raised, and that is where poetry begins. And even today, in the prolonged aftermath of modernism, in places where 'open form' or free verse is the orthodoxy, you will find a memory of that raising of the voice in the term 'heightened speech.' -James Fenton

As for critical writing about modernism, its moments of lucidity are but fulgurations illuminating the dark and incomprehensible landscape of its subject's unabashed difficulty. -Will Self

I'm English enough to feel something of a gut-reaction to modernism, to continental philosophising and anything that smacks of a refusal to pay attention to the forensics: the empirical facts on the ground. -Will Self

The paradox of modernism is, writers make the decision to work with the continuous present, and to work with… stream of consciousness, as it's called, for emotional reasons, and the main emotional reason is verisimilitude. I mean, this is what surprises people: Life is not in the simple past. -Will Self

I haven't changed my mind about modernism from the first day I ever did it… It means integrity; it means honesty; it means the absence of sentimentality and the absence of nostalgia; it means simplicity; it means clarity. That's what modernism means to me. -Paul Rand

I never did calligraphy… But handwriting is an entirely different kind of thing. It's part of the syndrome of modernism… It's part of that asceticism. -Paul Rand

In 1979, postmodernism lost its understanding of the meaning of ornament. It degenerated into kitsch applique. -Charles Jencks

If a dictator takes up my ideas, the resulting town will survive the political system that commissioned it and stand as a social good. Besides, modernism rather than classicism has dominated the architecture of totalitarian regimes of both the left and right. -Leon Krier

Postmodernism came nowhere close in quality to Modernism at its apogee, not least because that later style wholly lacked the social impetus that animated the designs most emblematic of the Modern Movement. -Martin Filler

By 1970, the first stirrings of the revolt against Modernist orthodoxy in architecture had been felt, although it would be several years more until Postmodernism was widely accepted and made classical motifs permissible in high-style building design for the first time in decades. -Martin Filler

The role of the architect as artist is an ancient one, but it was de-emphasized with the rise of modernism, which rejected the drawing-based Beaux-Arts tradition in favor of a more technocratic approach. -Martin Filler

There's the tradition of the 19th-century ballets, and the 20th century has had a difficult time with that tradition. And it's had a difficult time with many components of the Romantic imagination because of modernism. -Twyla Tharp

Postmodernism was a reaction to modernism. Where modernism was about objectivity, postmodernism was about subjectivity. Where modernism sought a singular truth, postmodernism sought the multiplicity of truths. -Miguel Syjuco

I confess I take perverse delight as a theologian in the controversies surrounding postmodernism. -Stanley Hauerwas

From my perspective, 'postmodernism' merely names an interesting set of developments in the social order that is based on the presumption that God does not matter. -Stanley Hauerwas

Japanese horror films take the business of being frightening seriously. There is no attempt at postmodernism or humour. They are incredibly melancholy, with a strong emotional core, while remaining absolutely terrifying. -Jane Goldman

To say that such-and-such a circumstance is 'Kafkaesque' is to admit to the denigration of an imagination that has burned a hole in what we take to be modernism – even in what we take to be the ordinary fabric and intent of language. Nothing is like 'The Hunger Artist.' Nothing is like 'The Metamorphosis.' -Cynthia Ozick

'Canticum Sacrum' is wonderfully archaic. What Stravinsky does is extraordinary. It takes you on a journey from Gregorian chant right through to the modernism of Webern – and all in 17 minutes. -John Tavener

When you get to be 103, modernism is a very wide concept. -Daniel Barenboim

I don't like post-modernism. It's cynical, and takes no discipline – you just copy. It doesn't allow a film to be open to reality. -Luca Guadagnino

I don't much like post-modernism, because post-modernist has become the basket in which every mediocre person can shuffle things and pretend to do something significant, and we could also mention who use post-modernism in this way – maybe we shouldn't. -Luca Guadagnino

Thanks to postmodernism, we tend to see all facts as meaningless trivia, no one more vital than any other. Yet this disregard for facts qua facts is intellectually crippling. Facts are the raw material of thought, and the knowledge of significant facts makes sophisticated thought possible. -Alexandra Petri

I used to be called a post-modern clown. But now, post-modernism is a quaint notion, too. -Bill Irwin

People tend to see modernism as the opposite of a celebration. They see it as a fracturing and an art built round an absence, but it's really a celebration of our existence. -Ali Smith

I'm really a fighter against modernism equaling brutalism. -Peter Marino

We try to turn buildings into landscapes – defying the idea of modernism which sees nature and buildings as two distinct elements. -Ma Yansong

I grew up in a modernist house, in a modernist culture. There was a love for modernism everywhere – the furniture, the books, the food, even the cutlery. So I learned very early to appreciate the value of design and the value of architecture. -Neri Oxman

A lot of '20s musicals were a hodgepodge of melodrama, mixed with operetta and romance, and then some sense of modernism and some sense of irreverence. -George C. Wolfe

In 1939, Orwell wrote a long essay titled 'Inside the Whale,' about modernism, the nineteen-thirties, Henry Miller, and 'Tropic of Cancer.' -Keith Gessen

Sadly, the Left is no longer liberal at all, for it has traded in individualism for collectivism, thus placing us into an oppression Olympics where victimhood is a virtue. This post-modernism – this cultural Marxism or whatever you want to call it – can only destroy; it cannot create. -Dave Rubin

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