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BYU Studies Quarterly

BYU Studies Quarterly

Abstract

Writing to defend modern art, the author first discusses some of the prejudiced and false assumptions made by people when they hear the word modern in connection with artistic expression. Every artistic age, whether in regard to painting or music, dance or literature, interior design or architecture, has been modern to those who experienced it, and even today's classics were often met with skepticism in their time. Accustomed to established norms, audiences and consumers of art are not certain how to respond to new conventions set forth in modern artistic works. Looking at the beauty of form rather than the content of a work, allowing the art to appeal to the senses rather than to the intellect, will help viewers gain a greater appreciation of modern art.

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