Contemporary art – artistic period


Contemporary art – description

According to Wikipedia, “Contemporary art” refers – in a general and global way – to all artworks produced from 1945 to the present day, whatever their style and aesthetic practice, but mainly in the visual arts field. In this classification, contemporary art succeeds modern art. Contemporary art is characterized by new behaviors, including stylistic renewal, the use of new technologies and the artistic mix induced by the diversity of origins. Contemporary art has been subject to numerous criticisms that have led to the establishment of certain limits. For example, body art first emerged in the 1970s and has been criticized for its provocative nature at the frontier of values tolerated by society. Handicrafts such as textiles are not accepted in the sphere of contemporary art. Pop art, Fluxus, conceptual art and video art belong to contemporary art. The expression “contemporary art” has been used since the 1980s, when the public authorities began to support contemporary creation. In seeking to access the social and political status of the world in its broadest sense, contemporary artists often embrace interdisciplinary creative modes that transcend and shatter categories, materials and traditional genres. Contemporary art doesn’t provide any answers, it interrogates and challenges our relationship to the world. One thing is certain, it is difficult to give a name to what is being done in visual art: everything is open, unpredictable!

Renowned artists: Jean-Michel Basquiat, Takashi Murakami, Yayoi Kusama. The complete and extensive list can be found on the following link:

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