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IDEA Photographic: After Modernism Themes
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Early to Late Modernism
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Postmodern Appropriation

Historical precedents such as Dada and Surrealism established the idea of "appropriation" early in the century, a tool for innovation used in other mediums, including the visual arts. Art historian Leo Steinberg recognized the brief postmodern era beginning in 1972, when artists appropriated click to enlarge historical ideas, imagery, and, especially, authorship, from the history of modern photography and art. Postmodernist discourse was, in part, conceived as a self-referential echo that mirrored the modernist past and reconfirmed the culmination of modernism.

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