7 Reasons Why “Modern Art” is Ugly

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?


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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.


William Uhde by Pablo Picasso

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.


Political disappointments

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.


10 Psychology Facts You Didn’t Already Know

Psychology is such an interesting topic. It is one of the most studied subjects on the surface of the earth yet one of the fields where contradictions are never far away. Today one scientist may be releasing findings on a certain topic, claiming how a research led him/her to new discoveries. The next day; a colleague comes up with findings that completely contradict the previous findings!

However, psychology still remains one of the most interesting disciplines. If you thought to have known just enough, here are 10 psychology facts you dint already know.

We become paralyzed when we sleep

Believe it or not, the body is “virtually paralyzed when you sleep!


Bystander effect

When an accident happens, people will come around to witness. But did you know that as the number of “witnesses” increases, chances that a single of them will step forward to help continues to reduce?



Did you know that people will always do what a person in high authority asks of them even if they know well that it’s wrong or dangerous? Well, in an experiment, participants were asked to deliver a potentially hazardous electric shock to the other and guess what… they were willing to do it!




This is such a funny observation. An experiment asked people to identify which of three lines were the longest. Now, even when one knew that the choice of the person in front of them was wrong, people still went ahead to pick that wrong choice!

Blind people also dream

How? Those who become blind after birth are actually able to see vivid images in their dreams. People who are born blind dream too. However, they can only make use of their other active senses.


Exaggerating differences between, minimizing within

When asked to categorize information, humans will always tend to exaggerate the differences between two or more groups. The same persons will minimize differences within a single group.



The group think principle

In a group, individuals are likely to concur with what the majority thinks is right. Even if the individuals have their own opinions, if the group have always shared a lot in the past, the member will gladly accept what most of the group members agree with.


Expectation information syndrome

People will tend to pay attention, listen to and appreciate information on things they already know, ascribe to or beliefs that they are already aware of their existence. On the other hand, they are likely to be resistant to whatever contradicts what they already think.




We only dream of people we already know

What of the many strangers in the dreams? According to psychology, humans can only dream about things they know. What happens is… you may be dreaming of the person who said Hi on your way home from school 15 years ago! If you can’t remember faces, dreams can.


Actor observer bias

Humans never cease to amaze. When something good happens to me, it had to happen because I am so good at it. If something bad happens, it’s not my fault, someone played part in it. When we are judging others, it’s the other way round!


That’s how humans are, psychology reveals so much about us. We may actually do most of these things unknowingly but when all is said and done, that’s just who man is.

17 December | by artfulgreendot

7 Reasons Why “Modern Art” is Ugly

18 December | by artfulgreendot
Art critics for the past 20 years have continue to argue that modern art has declined, modern artists have chosen to produce works that

10 Psychology Facts You Didn’t Already Know

Psychology is such an interesting topic. It is one