I found Jameson's discussion on Warhol and Van Gogh particularly enlightening in illustrating the fundamentally distinct features of the modernism and postmodernism. In Van Gogh's work, we are connected to a particular moment in history; these peasant shoes are tied to the marginalized peasant, and its work is to compensate for this misery by creating a Utopia in the artwork.
Waning of Affect
Ok! I finally got through the Jameson. I would just like to echo KF's plea that we should NOT ever, under any circumstance, emulate Jameson's writing style. Yuck. That said, I do feel as though Jameson brings up some interesting issues revolving around the "Postmodern" that were especially alluring, namely explorations of the term that involved architecture.