It has been suggested that this has the characteristics of a Conceptual artwork, because walking past the huge pile of shoes helps us to comprehend the terrifying reality of the gas chambers.
Indeed it does, but frankly it doesn't turn the shoes into a work of art, or indeed any type of artistic statement.
In addition, please note that one of the most important differences between modern and postmodern art, concerns the downgrading of the "finished product".
An illustration of this issue is the large collection of shoes in the Holocaust Museum in Washington, DC, which belonged to Nazi concentration camp victims. INTRODUCTION Pop Art (1960s onwards) Word Art (1960s onwards) Conceptualism (1960s onwards) Performance (Early 1960s onwards) Fluxus Movement (1960s) Installation (1960s onwards) Video Installations (1960s onwards) Minimalism (1960s onwards) Photo-Realist Art (Hyperrealism) (1960s, 1970s) Earthworks (Land or Environmental Art) (1960s, 1970s) Contemporary Photography (1960s onwards) Arte Povera (1966-71) Supports-Surfaces (1966-72) Contemporary Realism Post-Minimalism (1971 onwards) Feminist Art (1970s) New Subjectivity (1970s) London School (1970s) Graffiti Art (1970s onwards) Neo-Expressionist Art (1980 onwards) Transavanguardia (Trans-avant-garde) Britart: Young British Artists (1980s) Deconstructivist Design (1985-2010) Body Art (1990s) Chinese Cynical Realism (1990s) Neo-Pop (late 1980s onwards) Stuckism (1999 onwards) New Leipzig School (2000 onwards) Projection Art (21st Century) Computer Art (21st Century) In this article we list the main schools and styles of "Contemporary Art" which emerged from the late-1960s onwards.Because "contemporary art" superceded "modern art", it is also referred to as Postmodernist Art.Fluxus was an avant-garde group of artists (its name means "flowing" in Latin) led by the Lithuanian-born art theorist George Maciunas (1931-78), which first appeared in Germany before spreading to other European capitals and then New York City, which became the centre of its activities.Its stated aims - a confusing mixture of "revolutionary" and "anti-art" art forms - carried on the traditions of Dada, focusing on Happenings (known as Aktions in Germany), and various types of street art.Revealingly, over the past 20 years, the Turner Prize for Contemporary Art has been won by 2 painters, 0 sculptors, and 10 installation artists. It started out by depicting a more up-to-date reality, using images of film-stars and other celebrities, as well as mass-made consumer goods.But this was rapidly eclipsed by an increasing post-modern focus on impact and style.Please note however, that the transition from modernism to postmodernism was a gradual one, which took place during the decade of the 1960s.Both styles thus co-existed with each other during this time.See for instance our short guide to Andy Warhol's Pop Art of the sixties.Word Art was a brand new form of painting or sculpture which used text-based imagery.