Modernism , the idealistic search for truth, gave way in the latter half of the 20th century to a realization of its unattainability. Theodor W. Adorno said in 1970, "It is now taken for granted that nothing which concerns art can be taken for granted any more: neither art itself, nor art in relationship to the whole, nor even the right of art to exist."  Relativism was accepted as an unavoidable truth, which led to the period of contemporary art and postmodern criticism , where cultures of the world and of history are seen as changing forms, which can be appreciated and drawn from only with skepticism and irony. Furthermore, the separation of cultures is increasingly blurred and some argue it is now more appropriate to think in terms of a global culture, rather than of regional ones.
The art of the classical Greek style id characterized by a joyous, freedom of expression and I celebrates mankind as an independent entity. During the Hellenistic period philosophy didnt pay any attention to politics instead it focused on ethics and finding the best way to live, the art of the era focused on emotions and feelings and changing attitudes to better their living styles. The classical period gave way to the experimentation and a sense of freedom that allowed the artist to explore his subjects from different unique points of view. Philosophy at this time was moving away from religion, and concentrated on the awareness of self, philosophy and art had a central focus of self. During the archaic era philosophy focused on self very much like the art of the era.