Art critics for the past 20 years have continue to argue that modern art has declined, modern artists have chosen to produce works that even five year old children can produce.
While not every modern art can be judged that way, there is a main question that needs to be answered. Why has modern art directed itself to portraying meaninglessness? Why has it adopted to show ugliness and emptiness of human Endeavour? Why has modern art chosen to focus its energy on the trivialities of life?
Modern art died in the 1970s
The main problem of modern art nowadays is that all of the possibilities of modern art have been exhausted way back in the 70s. The earlier modern art examples were able to feature sensuousness, passion and meaning, the art masters of the 70s were still able to portray human significance and produce original representations and they have successfully combined skill and vision.
Modern art no longer focuses on beauty and originality
Modern art is ugly due to the fact that modern artists no longer create works that focus on creating originality. Most of the artworks presented today are only a replica of what has been done in the past. These paintings are just produced to adorn the walls and the room but not to create a certain feeling or sensation.
Increase of naturalism
As people entered the 21st century, there has been a sudden increase in naturalism, and people had to deal with the fact that humans might be alone in the universe as opposed to the teachings of religious heritage. Because of this a lot of people started to distrust their perception and reason, the introduction of new theories has caused skepticism and this reflected in the artworks that are being produced.
Modern art and art in general will always be affected by what is going on in the political scene. Before the 19th century people were still hopeful that political theories and paradigm shifts would gradually lead to the changes that they have hoped for. However, as humans have reached a new era, very few changes have been seen about the human condition. This led to a lot of depression and loss of hope, a series of disappointments about where human life is going and this feeling has been expressed several times in modern art.
Inability of humans to understand the technological revolution
Technology is useful only if it is able to help humans establish a better way of living. While technology nowadays help people reduce the number of hours they have to work on a certain task, it has also dehumanized or destroyed the human race. People are still unable to connect the use of technology into making the quality of life better for the majority. Technology is still a luxury that only a few people can afford and because of that the general feeling of where life is going remains a big question. Modern art remains aimless, with no focus and direction. It is slowly becoming too self-centered and is unable to bridge communication gap.
A general sense of disquiet and anxiety
Humans in the 21st century feel a full-blown angst and anxiety and this is what the artists are responding with. The feeling of reason, optimism and dignity is lost and this greatly affected the sense of beauty of artists. Art has always been the quest for the truth, but the truth has remained elusive in an environment where information is gathered easily but with less reflection and understanding. For the first time modern art has to face the fact that the current world is still brutal, horrifying, decaying and fragile. Artists continue to portray what they sense and what they feel in their artworks which lead to the glorification of the ugly.
Art has become mass-produced
Gone are the days where artworks of Picasso, Van Gogh and other great artists have become rare. In the past paintings are considered to be windows of the soul, today paintings and literature are easily crafted for the purpose of marketing them.
Humans have fought for so long to gain the freedom that they have for so long wanted, and while we have won from former kinds of slavery we have moved into another kind of slavery which is the heartless rule of corporations.
Artists are affected by this rule, it is more subtle, not easily noticeable but a harsher form of slavery that artists have to depict and subject themselves with.