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Decade in a nutshell: Arts of the Noughties.

November 25, 2009

One month left to go of the decade now known as the Noughties. Who shall we say has defined the culture of our decade? Here we go:


Houses have never looked so simple and been so streamlined before this Swedish giant took over the world.  I’ve been to IKEAS in several different countries and everywhere they are populated with people looking for reasonably priced Scandinavian design, Swedish meatballs and lingonberry sauce.  It’s also a fun way to spend an afternoon and has become almost more of a lifestyle than a store.  There’s no denying that IKEA has changed our homes and our culture. Their recent font change in their catalogue rocked the  media world earlier on this year. If you can’t even change your font without undermining the stability of the world, you have domination.


Disney was dead; the future of films looked uncertain with ‘Night of the Horrors sequel 28’ set to be a reality on the billboard. Then John Lassetter, a grad of CalArts, set up Pixar. Toy Story came out in 1995 and since then they’ve climbed the stars and changed things. It’s now not unusual to hear adults discussing The Incredibles at a dinner party, because they have changed entertainment to something that appeals to all ages. There’s no age barrier for good fun and Pixar has certainly left its mark.


This one barely needs explanation. This is a PC; This is a Mac.  Apple have shifted the look of technology from functional but boring beige boxes to shiny, smooth and seductive designs with touchscreens and gadget wizardry that makes even  Bill Gates’ wife lust after the newest Iphone.  As the world becomes more and more tech-savvy, rare is the person that hasn’t coveted an Apple product at least once in the last year or so.


If you ask your father to name any contemporary artist, chances are he’ll hem and haw for a bit, then say ‘Oh, how about the fellow who pickled the sharks/sawed a sheep in half/encrusted a skull with diamonds? Himself.’      He’s referring to Damien Hirst, the British artist who has done all the above and many more. He’s wormed his way into the apple of the Britart scene and has become a firm favourite with the art tycoon Charles Saatchi, known both for his impressive art gallery and equally impressive paunch.  Hirst has become a household  name and that’s why he’s on this list. Tracey Emin has too, but not to such a degree.  Hirst’s name will go on to become one of the names that define art from our period. Monet, Picasso, Duchamp, Warhol, Hirst. Wait and see.


‘Who?’  Close isn’t as well known outside of America, but he spearheaded the hyperrealist movement which will be known by those who come after us. Born in 1940 in Washington, Close became famous for producing massive canvases which, from a distance, looked photographic but resolved into low-resolution pixelated pieces when viewed at closer quarters. Close’s work has spawned several imitators several of which, curiously enough, are sculptors.  Mu Boyan and Duane Hanson to name just two. You can’t go into a good modern art museum now without being faced by at least one or two pieces by either Close or his disciples. That’s why he makes this list.

Do you think I left someone out? Let us know in the comments!

One Comment leave one →
  1. November 13, 2010 3:57 am

    i really like to visit art galleries because i love every bit of art ;.’

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