GENERAL: Postmodernism *Preceeds* Modernism?

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To: IN%"[email protected]" "Howard Lawrence"
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If it is the case, as Lyotard urges in _The Postmodern
Condition_, that "A work can become modern only if it is first
postmodern. Postmodernism thus understood is not modernism at its
end but in its nascent state, and this state is constant." [p.
79], it would seem that postmodernism is modernism continued by
other means. What is different, perhaps, is the sense of the
possibility of closure, of the realization - even if only the
incremental realization - of a utopia; the possibility of
progress. Perhaps this century has had too much evidence of the
quickness of turning from utopian ambition to dystopian
realization. Yet one of the things artworks do is to provide a
sense of what an ideal order would be like, were it to be. Does
this not have a different valence if the possibility of
realization in the social domain is regarded as obviated?
-David Newman [email protected]
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