Postmodernism and Berets.
by Gabrielle Charron Merritt
The beret has been for decades a symbol of French independence and the bohemian artist. Small and black for the mime; floppy and red for the inspired painter (with easel and palette included). It’s a cliché that plagues the halls of art schools — but let’s face it, berets are an important fashion accessory. Berets are adaptable; they can be sculpted into any shape the wearer wants. You can start your own communist party with only a beret. Berets are an all-seasons hat and a great receptacle to collect money while busking. It can cover the eyes to avoid media or fan attention, doubles as a chef’s hat, and can be easily folded into a pocket for times when you don’t want to wear it.
by Miles Baker
Postmodernism never asked to be created — it wasn’t its fault. Those to blame are the no-talent, hack art critics and professors who throw the term around like confetti and ask, “What is art?” all day long. It’s a very complicated idea, and I understand your frustration in trying to understand it — I didn’t understand it for a very long time either, and I majored in it. But it’s here to stay and it’s really quite useful when you think about it. Essentially postmodernism is just art criticism, it’s understanding art and where it comes from, taking a piece apart from every angle possible and finding the relevance of it all. Without postmodernism, art might as well be wallpaper and not a whole section in an online magazine.