Reflections Unit




  1. Modern art

Modernart has expanded to include various influences and themes. It isfacing a different interpretation of political, historical and socialissues. These issues have been flattened out by globalization andincreased communication challenges. Given that art is required toaddress social, political and cultural issues, artists all over theworld may find themselves covering the same topics as a result ofglobalization and media convergence. A good example is the recentcase of attack on Charlie Hebdo in France. Numerous artists aroundthe world and notably in print media carried out cartoon imagescelebrating Charlie Hebdo. This is because the issue was largelypublicized and thus funneled artists towards a single topic,commemorating Charlie Hebdo in their work at the expense of otherdiverse ideas of art.

Similarly,exposure to various types of art has thinned out the difference inart as artists move towards more globally acceptable art forms.Artists have also moved towards more readily consumable andaccessible art tending to portray and exhibit their art throughmodern media channels such as internet which can limit creativity andeven reduce access for those who have no access to the internet andcomputers. Increased access and globalization have also driven artand artists to seek commercial success rather than pursue art forart’s sake. When such options are taken, art is developed in amanner that it appeals to the majority rather than “challengingconventional ways of thinking in order to effect social change”(Robertson, &amp McDaniel, 2013, p. 26).

Digitizationof art poses a challenge to conventional art. Traditional, art isperceived to take place anywhere. It can occur even naturally in themost remote places on earth. However, with digitization of art,artists are moving towards that which can be easily accessed andconsumed by the masses. For instance, slowly but gradually, printcomic books are losing out to video cartoons which can be morereadily and conveniently distributed online especially on Youtubechannels. Increased viewership on these channels means commercialsuccess to the artists who give weight to what sells and isfashionable (Geczy &amp Millner, 2014)

Anotherissue pointed in the chapter that I agree with totally is the factthat today’s art has become flux. Previously in history, artunderwent various eras that were characterized by unique and distinctartistic styles whether in writing or painting. For instance, therewas the renaissance period, formalism, realism and even the gothiceras. There are several artists who engage in abstract art or realismor gothic in the belief that such kind of art has a specific marketin form of a group of art enthusiasts who understand the history andthe identity of such a style. However, some end forging ancient worksas they do not understand well the rule of such movements (Lenain2012). For them, they can achieve commercial success without laboringto adhere to stylistic obligations. This continues to be a bigchallenge to art today.

  1. Class divided

a).The film clearly demonstrates social construction by creatingperceived superiority or inferiority based on eye color. Perceivedsuperiority had positive influence on students academically while inadults it nurtured unity. Perceived inferiority in children causedfeelings of bitterness and violence towards the superiors while inadults it caused disunity and hopelessness.

b).The different responses which were alternated in children proved verysurprising to me see how easily the human mind can be manipulatedthrough a social construct.

c).Such an experiment can work today because racism still exists thoughnot as pronounced as years back. It can be used to upraise people whofeel inferior in society too. This would work in my place where Ifeel that many people suffer from negative stereotypes andprejudices. This would be hardly be opposed given that people arenowadays more receptive to equality but social constructs do notallow.


Geczy,A. &amp Millner, J. (2014). Fashionableart.New York: Bloombury Academic.

Lenain,T. (2012). Artforgery: the history of a modern obsession. NewYork: Reaktion Books.

Robertson,J. &amp McDaniel, C. (2013). Themesof contemporary art: Visual art after 1980,3rded.

NewYork: Oxford University Press.

Peters,W. (Director) (1985). Aclass divided.US. PBS.

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