The definition of “fine art” has shifted radically from what it was prior to the late-19th century. Although hints of abstract art have always existed, conceptual art began to gain popularity particularly during the 20th century. For whatever reason, the most revered modern and contemporary artists have chosen to ignore the traditional rules of convention, and attempted to forge new, daring paths in the world of fine art.
During the 1980’s, the late French philosopher Jean Baudrillard released his infamously controversial treatise entitled “Simulacra and Simulation.” While rather complex in his discourse on the “real,” one point that many creative-types found particularly disconcerting was the author’s assertion that artistic originality is no longer possible. Baudrillard argued that everything related to v