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Will Cliff World Arts and Cultures 20 Donald Cosentino March 10, 2010 Prompt #2 Following World War II came a mass transformation in global economics that the world had never seen before. For the first time in history, human production of art and commodities began to mesh as globalization catalyzed efficiency. As technology increased and cultures connected, the production of the aesthetic in the form of recycled images of the past became a trend. We are now amidst the era of post-modernity—an era where what Frederic Jameson calls “pastiche” has taken over style, production, and effaced the creativity of the individual. Pastiche is the piecing together of past images to create neo-products. No longer do we innovate based on pure necessity and unique creativity. Pastiche presents us with the new post-modernistic world of recycling the old and calling it creation of the new (Cosentino). Through the theorems of depthlessness, the waning affect, the death of the subject, and the simulacrum; the age of modernity has dissolved into the age of post-modernity where culture becomes has a pastiche commodity. A piece of art that quintessentially reveals the lifeless creativity of the post- modern era is artist Andy Warhol’s Diamond Dust Shoes . The flat, one-dimensional, silk-screen style print of hanging ballet slippers has nothing more to offer than boring image it projects. Jameson describes the objects on the print as a “random collection of dead objects hanging together on that canvas” (Jameson 8). This dull, lack of substance
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within the piece represents a new superficiality and depthlessness in the postmodern era when comparing it to modern age pieces such as Vincent Van Gogh’s A Pair of Boots . Looking at Van Gogh’s piece, the viewer instantly is struck by the richness of color, the three-dimensionality, and attention to detail down to the cracks in the boots. With Diamond Dust Shoes offering no substantial visual narrative or meaning, its almost as though the piece simply exists to exist—to occupy space without a further purpose. This idea of meaninglessness within postmodern artwork is extended keeping in
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