Modern art represents an evolving set of ideas among a number of painters, sculptors, writers, and performers who – both individually and collectively – sought new approaches to art making. Although modern art began, in retrospect, around 1850 with the arrival of Realism, approaches and styles of art were defined and redefined throughout the 20th century. Practitioners of each new style were determined to develop a visual language that was both original and representative of the times. Not to be confused with contemporary art, the “modern art” label refers to late 19th and early-to-mid 20th century art. Works produced during this time showcase artists’ interest in re-imagining, reinterpreting, and even rejecting traditional aesthetic values of preceding styles. Modern art definitely has originality and shock value. Artists don’t want to repeat whats been done before in same way no one wants hear old jokes. Their use of new technology adds to the quality of some of their work. Using a computer isn’t a cop out of drawing, its just another tool. The originality and shock value go hand in hand and afterall, aren’t those the things we want when we look at art ? We as viewers don’t want to stand there looking at something so bland, tasteless and overrated; If we wanted that then we could just as easily stick a slice of bread on the wall and call that art. The artists look for new challenges and ways for us to see their art. This type of art makes us challenge ourselves to find beauty in the everyday things in life. My openion of Modern Art is very balanced one because even though some of the examples of conceptual and contemporary art are sometimes ridiculous, they also challenge you to find the true meaning of what it stands for. The shock factor aswell hypnotizes us and keeps our attention locked on the beauty of art.