8th June 2020

Contemporary Art

What about Contemporary Art

When many people think of art, they might think of the great masterpieces made in years long gone by. However, the world of art is still thriving and always adapting to reflect the changing world. The art of recent years and the present day is referred to as Contemporary Art. What am I looking at and what does it mean? Contemporary art can be both confusing and overwhelming. You can be forgiven for not “understanding” what is in front of you.

Find out what you don’t like 

You don’t always have to agree with the artists. In fact, it is equally interesting when you don’t. We suggests not just finding an artwork you like, but also something you hate. Understand that both two feelings are completely right.

Givenchy by Daniel Hooper

While artists of the past were often influenced by religion, mythology, and the demands of their paying patrons; today’s artists can be inspired by much more and the work often grows out of their own interests or expressions of self.

Often the work may reflect their own culture, including current political climates and popular trends. However, with the ability to travel broadly and integrate much more than what is seen in their immediate world, art is increasingly global and diverse in its themes. Unlike other schools of art, this school of art has no single point of view of the objective. Instead, it is multi-faceted. The pieces are often reflective of the artist and so reflect a great diversity of perspectives.

This makes Contemporary Art a complex examination of present-day life. Common themes that might be examined: identity, the body, technology, globalisation, migration, society, culture, memory, the passage of time, and artistic critique of sociopolitical institutions.

Contemporary Art Style

A reference to Contemporary Art meaning “the art of today” more broadly includes artwork produced during the late 20th and early 21st centuries.
It generally defines art produced after the Modern Art movement to the present day.
However, modern artwork is not just art produced during a specific time-frame.

This genre of art does have its own approach or style that distinguishes it from others.
Yet, this style of art is difficult to define because it includes such variety. Some argue that the basic approach and goal of modern art is to challenge the nature of the artwork itself. It can also make the viewer question what it is that defines art.

Therefore, this style of art is not particularly uniform, and it may be more challenging to precisely describe than any other genre of art, additionally, there are several major reasons why contemporary art is important to society.
For instance, it is a means to express oneself as its way to provide social and cultural commentary.

What is a contemporary Artist ?

You may be considering what job you hay get with a degree in Contemporary Art.

Today, artists are as diverse as their products. In fact, the great diversity among the artists making this style of art allows for many perspectives and styles that become infused into their products.

Artists can work as individuals, many studies the arts at university or at an art institute. In doing so, they can expand their perspectives and hone their craft. 
In fact, today, some art scholars and art critiques argue that artists need to have been formally educated and should be working within the trained area of modern art.

This allows these artists to match the general of this field’s historical context, no matter how diverse it may already be. Artists may then have their artwork exhibited at art galleries or museums.

This art like other styles is also bought and sold through private collectors and art auctions. 
There is some debate about whether self-taught artists working in the present day could be considered modern artists and whether their work might be considered Contemporary Art.

The general view is that, because these artists are self-taught and may be working outside the scope of trained artists, their products should not be designated as art. Instead, some have taken to calling such art Outsider Art to denote that it was made by those outsides of the field of art.

The reality is that art does occur within a historical context, one that is influenced by the field itself and many forces outside of the field. It may be possible for a self-taught artist to produces compelling art that stimulates the senses and provokes deep-thinking.

However, those who are interested in becoming more renowned artists are best served by obtaining an art education through a university or an art institute where they can immerse themselves in the field.

Develop your senses and keep an open mind

Though enjoying an artwork is an intuitive response, it is an ability that we need to train and develop to improve. Part of the reason why so many people struggle with it is due to the dated art education we receive.

The whole culture, television, what you’re getting at school, tends to talk about a form of art appreciation that dates from over 100 years ago. I’m not saying it’s not valid. But it’s only a small part of what you could get out of the appreciation of art, especially contemporary art.

Why Art is Subjective ?

Art is not just about images as it once was. It could be anything, and that goes against what we’re being told all the time. If you think you can just look at art and follow objective criteria to judge its quality, this will lead you nowhere. This criterion changes according to which context you’re in and it’s not the job of the casual art lover to do something like that.