"With the onset of the 1960's Religious art fell into the doldrums of modernism
Architects experimented with new materials, often building churches which glorified the material rather than the maker.
The effect was Puritanical rather than Roman, with whitewashed box like interiors akin to modern art galleries. These provided ideal spaces for housing modernistic art, and so a symbiotic relationship between the two encouraged more of the same.
It had taken until the 1960's for the anti-establishment manifestos of the modernists to be sublimated into the culture as mere "self expression".
One of the most radical of the Modern art movements, was that of Futurism.
Originating in Italy, its ideologies spread rapidly through out Europe, extending from London to Moscow. It aimed to glorify war and the machine, destroy libraries and centres for learning.
Although somewhat short lived, its residual effect has been underestimated.
It is too long a subject to discuss here, so I offer some words from the founder of the futurists -Marinetti.
"We launch from Italy into the world this our manifesto of overwhelming and incendiary violence...because we want to liberate this land from the fetid cancer of professors, archaeologists, guides and antiquarians."
Throughout this period, art schools encouraged students to experiment, thus unburdening both teacher and student, from the strictures of formal art disciplines.
Art could only be judged to be good or bad, according to whether it provoked a reaction.
This goes directly against the teaching of saint Pope John Paul the second, who in his address to artists said;
"Artistic talent is a gift from God
It is an oxymoron, that " modern" cannot by its very nature be "modern" for very long - it quickly goes out of date.
The modern art movement had its first stirrings around the beginnings of the previous century. We can say with conviction that that Modernism is 100 years out of date.