Contemporary Art Today


Do you know what contemporary art is? What does it mean to be a contemporary artist? Where can you find them, and how is their work displayed? This article will address these questions.

Today, the term “contemporary art” refers to any form of visual or plastic expression that has emerged since World War II. It includes both painting and sculpture as well as experimental forms such as performance art, installation art, video pieces, light projections, sound sculptures, and conceptual projects.

Artists may also incorporate materials such as sand, glass, and metal into their work.

At first glance, contemporary art can appear to be extremely random and abstract. However, some artists, such as Robert Rauschenberg, and Jasper Johns, have managed to embrace abstract expressionism while infusing their work with recognizable symbols and images.

Contemporary artists

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Contemporary artists are not concerned with creating paintings or sculptures that can be understood by everyone. Their main concern is creativity, originality, and experimentation. As such, some consider contemporary art nothing more than a gimmick.

Contemporary artists have been influenced by preceding styles as well as the effects the 20th century had on art. Some of those influences include:

The influence of abstract expressionism and cubism within paintings.

Experimental film movements such as Dada and surrealism, which includes David Lynch’s Inland Empire.

The sudden popularity of pop art in the 1960s.

The blending of different cultures and traditions, which you can see with Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama’s polka dot room.

The influence of computer Internet technology on young artists who choose to use modern technological devices for their work instead of more traditional tools.

For example, a contemporary artist may choose to use a computer instead of oils and canvas, or a cell phone as an installation piece.

At first glance, contemporary art can appear to be extremely random and abstract. However, some artists, such as Robert Rauschenberg and Jasper Johns, have managed to embrace abstract expressionism while infusing their work with recognizable symbols and images.

Robert Rauschenberg

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Robert Ra has developed a distinct style that is recognized by the public as having “contemporary” qualities. One way he accomplishes this is by using commonplace materials. Ra has been known to use household items such as a comb or a teabag in his work. His art is also recognizable because of the way he paints and the images he uses.

Robert Rauschenberg was known for using everyday objects in his work. This resulted in pieces that are easily recognized by the public as having “contemporary” qualities due to their unique nature.

Some of his paintings have no faces, but rather consist of large, geometric shapes that have been painted in bright colors.

The Museum of Modern Art (MOMA)

The Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) is an art museum located on 53 West 53rd Street in Midtown Manhattan, New York City. It has been one of the world’s primary art institutions since its founding in 1929 and is generally considered to be one of the leading and most prestigious modern art galleries in the world.

The museum is organized into twenty-five areas, each of which presents a different aspect of modern and contemporary art. Major areas include: Painting and Sculpture, Photography, Graphic Arts( posters, prints), 19th – 20th Century Design (furniture, industrial objects), Film /Video, Contemporary Galleries (art after 1960), Prints and Illustrated Books, Sculpture Garden (open to the public)

Jenny Saville

A famous artist who currently has worked on display at MOMA is Jenny Saville. Her paintings of obese women are so realistic that it can appear as if a photograph is being viewed rather than a painting. She gained much notoriety when the BBC labeled one of her works, “Portrait of an obese woman lying on a couch,” as the ugliest painting in Britain.

Jenny Saville is a contemporary artist who works mainly with paintings, focusing largely on the female form. Her work can be found in the Museum of Modern Art’s Contemporary Galleries.

Jenny Saville paints extremely realistic depictions of obese naked women, often including real models in her paintings. She is noted for the accurate depiction of skin folds and blemishes which are characteristic of overweight people, as well as for using oil paint, which is more difficult to blend smoothly than acrylic paint.

Every detail in Saville’s paintings is meticulously and masterfully rendered, and she uses a palette knife instead of a brush.

Saville says that the “tracing paper” underpainting she applies to her surfaces dictates both the texture and tone of her work. She paints what she sees with the knowledge that great artists such as Titian, Velásquez, Rembrandt, Goya, and Manet have used painting as a means of describing the world.

While her work may be deemed “ugly” by some people’s standards, Saville herself feels that it is merely an accurate portrayal of life. However, despite its realism, there is still something beautiful about it. For instance, while looking at one of her paintings, you can’t help but notice the texture on the model’s skin or the light on the side of her face. Saville can capture these subtleties to create a realistic image that is also relatable.

Contemporary art is a broad term that encompasses many different styles and movements. Those who criticize contemporary art as nothing more than a gimmick are not taking the time to explore its rich history or understand some of today’s most famous contributors. As you can see, there is much depth in this genre of work; it has been around for centuries and continues to evolve with each new generation. Furthermore, one artist whose work was on display at MOMA may be deemed “ugly” by some people’s standards but Jenny Saville uses her paintings to show us how beauty lies in ugliness-in life itself!

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