Key Dates: 1960-present

The name given to a wide range of cultural phenomena, to characterise a move away from the ‘highbrow’ seriousness of modernism, preferring a more eclectic and populist approach to creativity.

The term came into common use in the 1970s. It is used both as a ‘stylistic’ term and also as a period designation.

Paintings that have been described as Postmodernist include the work of Stephen McKenna and Carlo Maria Mariani, also selected works by Peter Blake and David Hockney.

Representative Artists:
Bridget Riley (Op Art)
Joseph Beuys