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Thedefinition modern art

Modernart is creative expression that involves sub-conscious andself-conscious features that are only discovered throughinterpretation of the symbolic or surreal meanings that the artistintends to communicate to their audience as themes. An example ofmodern art is German expressionism where artists sought to usecreative painting, sculpture, and other forms of art to pass acrossmessages that were way too entrenched in the post-World War IGermany. As Sigmund Freud would part it, art is a form of newself-consciousness1.

Therole of art in the society

Artinfluences the social value of the society through its moralmessages. Through its special communication, art relates to thesocial relationships that exist in a given society. By influencingthe social values of the society art also influences social behavior.Art is used to educate or advertise values that bring peopletogether. Hence, through art the society can understand the deeperstructures the influence human relationships.

Artis a tool to measure social phenomena or a social indicator of acurrent or historical event in the society. For example, socialchange is an aspect that could be portrayed through the arts. Socialchanges occur throughout the society as it progresses into thefuture. The styles and morphologies that communicate culturaldevelopments in regard to social charge are found in the art systemof every society. Each form of art often communicates a specificpersonality or culture that exists today or one that existed in thepast.

Artis an instrument of social control even though it is alsosocially-controlled. Art has been used, and is still used, byreligious groups, political, economic, education, and militaryinstitutions to seek societal approval for their special causes.


Koerner,Joseph Leo, and Lisbet Koerner. &quotValue.&quot Critical Terms forArt History. University of Chicago Press, Chicago (1996).

1 Koerner, Joseph Leo, and Lisbet Koerner. &quotValue.&quot Critical Terms for Art History. University of Chicago Press, Chicago (1996). P. 305

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