Definition of modernism
1 : a practice, usage, or expression peculiar to modern times such modernisms as “blog,” “bromance,” and “steampunk”
2 often capitalized : a tendency in theology to accommodate traditional religious teaching to contemporary thought and especially to devalue supernatural elements
3 : modern artistic or literary philosophy and practice; especially : a self-conscious break with the past and a search for new forms of expression extols the … modernism that laid the foundation of all twentieth-century design — Jeffrey Simpson
modernistplay \-nist\ noun or adjective
modernisticplay \ˌmä-dər-ˈnis-tik\ adjective
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The result is a kind of cozy modernism: clean, simple planes composed with evocative, handmade, and rustic materials.
It is colored with folkloric Mexican music, jazz, sophisticated modernism, sensuous atmosphere and subtle musical quotations.
Fischinger fled Hitler's Germany for the U.S. in 1936, when many artists and intellectuals — labeled as degenerates by the Nazi Party — fled amid the regime's crackdown on cultural modernism.
But midcentury modernism remained a hard sell in Cleveland, and none of the Midwest's big innovators found clients in Cleveland, known until recent decades as a city that suffered from a kind of cultural time lag.
Cleveland needs new downtown zoning to avoid repeating mistakes of midcentury modernism, such as the bleak streetscapes of the city's Erieview District, planned in the 1960s.
Seeing human beings, or contemporary life, as machine-like is one of modernism’s earliest insights.
Mr. Ligon has gathered diverse works of Western modernism along with African and American folk art, including artists such as Norman Lewis, Philip Guston, Andy Warhol, Joan Miró and Bill Traylor.
Modernism is not always minimal or sterile, said Robinson.
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First Known Use of modernism
MODERNISM Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of modernism for English Language Learners
: a style of art, architecture, literature, etc., that uses ideas and methods which are very different from those used in the past
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