The Emergence of Modern Art in the 20th Century

Robert Motherwell, an American abstract expressionist painter who helped develop and define Modernity with his involvement in the New York School following WWII, made the following observation about this special time in Western Civilization:  “The history of modern art…is the history of modern freedom.”  What do you believe Motherwell meant by this statement and what are your thoughts on Modern art?

Photograph of Jackson Pollock painting his composition One