International Journal of Art & Design Education

Postmodernism and Art Education: Some Implications

Volume 18.1   1999



The paper explores two issues from ideas about the postmodern which seem to me to raise problems about the practices of art education. Presently I feel more confident that there are difficulties here that need to be addressed than I do about knowing how practice should be redrawn to meet them. First, post-structuralist accounts of meaning and their implications for our concept of the art work as 'object of experience', 'object of study', or 'object of knowledge' are discussed; secondly, the fairly ubiquitous claim (though with differing value judgements attached), that one of the significant features of the postmodern and therefore of our present condition is the erosion or effacement of difference between what has formerly been deemed high and low cultures.