36 Views Historical Context

Naomi Iizuka
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Although not explicitly stated, it is easy to deduce that 36 Views is set in the modern era and, most likely, in a large, culturally rich area. The last half of the twentieth century up to the present has been a tumultuous time in art. Art movements, as they were typically understood, began to recess. It was as though the artists who created movements were being replaced by the decisions of dealers and critics. In response to the current conundrum of modern art, Robert Hughes states in his book The Shock of the New, "The year 1900 seemed to promise a renewed world, but there can be few who watch the approach of the year 2000 with anything but skepticism and dread. Our ancestors saw expanding cultural horizons, we see shrinking ones." Iizuka must share a similar reproach. The play 36 Views constantly and diligently questions the fabric of the contemporary art...

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