An Introduction to Contemporary Art

Contemporary Art Minimalism Modern Art

In its most simplest form the term contemporary art englobes many forms of art (painting, sculpture, photography, installation, performance, and video art) created TODAYYY! 

Even though this definition may seem simple, once you get down to the nitty gritty it gets a bit more complicated. As many people have different interpretations as of what "today" means, identifying the exact starting point of this movement is a bit tricky, but many art historians consider it started in 1960 or early 1970's. As said before, even though there is not specific starting point to this period in the art world, "contemporary" ends up being a synonym to describing art that is current.

So yes, even though it is defined as the "art of today", the contemporary period has gone through a wide array of movements to be able to approach new creations seen nowadays. 

POP ART 

It's believed Contemporary art started with "POP Art", this type of art slipped into the masses, it had a huge boom in the art market. Famous artists like Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein were some of the few artists that really made their way into big-shot sells and brand collaborations. In artworks belonging to this movement, you can find funky silkscreen prints of Campbell's Soup cans, comic-type sceneries and even wildly colorful celebrity portraits.


Original museum poster, ''Kiss V'' by Roy Lichtenstein. Available for purchase. For more authentic art contact Valeria Llamosa with Off The Wall Gallery at val@valeriascollection.com  


This movement is widely popular as it portrayed mass culture and pop culture of the moment. This movement lasted from the 1950's through the early 1970's, and it later evolved to "Neo-Pop art" by the 1980's. - Still, there are many contemporary artists that allude and embody this style at its finest!.. one of my favorites ones lately is Natan Elkanovich, from Moldova, because his work involve innovative details with his unique 3D painting technique. 

''Don’t Unfollow'', 2020.  Original acrylic and mixed media painting on canvas by Natan Elkanovich. (35.5x 47.25 x 1.5 in / 90 x 120 x 4 cm). Art available with Valeria Llamosa at Off The Wall Gallery. Email: val@offthewallgallery.com for more information.

MINIMALISM

Minimalism started in the 1960's and is still here to this day. This movement is very simple and abstract, which in turn makes the viewer discover and find their own perspective within each piece. Basically, the artist leaves the interpretation to its audience!

 

1. Photo by anokarina 

After WW2 there where many movements that began to happen in the art world, but there isn't a defined movement, it is just considered a set period of time in which a big range of different styles came to the forefront, including in those Minimalism, which started in New York. When Artist began to explore with geometric abstraction in the form of paintings and sculptures.

America, on the other hand, emerged from World War II relatively unscathed, with an economy on the rise and an artist population inspired by the European avant-garde, many of whom had relocated to the U.S.

New York emerged as a hub of artistic activity, challenging Paris as the centre of the international art world.

SREET ART 

This is one of the newer movements in contemporary art. This movement gained force in the 1980's with the rise of graffiti and often depicts themes of a social activism nature. Some important artists of the movement are: Banksy and  Keith Haring. At first, many didn't take street art seriously, they interpreted it as vandalism. As time flew by, we have encountered contemporary artists, precisely Banksy that have defied the art market with several different ways to approach Street Art. 

 

 2. Caruba. New Banksy Rat Mural in New York

 

What Makes Contemporary Art Great is That it Constantly Has Something New to Offer Us!

It's important to say that we don't have to involve digital matters to be modern. As an artist myself, I have works that are considered contemporary and involve ZERO digital efforts.


''As I know You'' Original Painting by VIII.
Available for acquisition.

On the other hand, contemporary art can involve digital art for a mixed media project or even take over digitally 100%.

''Ombre Blue & Gray Dollars'' Authentic Limited Edition Print by VIII.
Available for acquisition.

CONTEMPORARY ART TODAY

This form of art is a living breathing thing, and as such it is constantly moving and evolving, this means that new artists are now finding groundbreaking ways to evolve using technology that is available to them.

Up-and-coming artists will continue to find new ways to put their own spin to painting, photography and sculpture, surprising and exiting us in the process. This includes all kinds of art, even code-generated art, or Crypto art.

Crypto has been gaining traction since 2020. Many artists and art institutions are recognizing the possibilities in this form of art, and are starting to evolve with it. This movement is allowing artists to sell art that could have previously been difficult to sell.

The self appointed "Crypto Queen", Grimes, has sold over $6 million dollars worth in digital art and NFT's! 

The art world can never stay stagnant, it evolves constantly, it changes and moves in a quick pace, and will continue to do so... it is good to remember, art too, evolves ''unimaginably'' just like technology.

We look forward to innovating. And you? What are you looking forward?

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''Introduction to Contemporary Art'' blog. Presented by Artist team: Valeria Mtz- Llamosa , Isabela Gaya and Ana Karen Morales. 

References:
1. anokarina. Tyrrhenian Sea, Scilla / Baltic Sea, Rügen / Bass Strait, Table Cape / Aegean Sea, Pilion / Caribbean Sea, Jamaica” ―by Hiroshi Sugimoto, gelatin silver prints, c. 1980-1997. (CC BY-SA 2.0)
2. Alan Denney. Dalston BanksyTurf War exhibition. (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)
Kelly Richman-Abdou (2021). What Is Contemporary Art? An In-Depth Look at the Modern-Day Movement. https://mymodernmet.com/what-is-contemporary-art-definition/
Tate (N.D). Minimalism. https://www.tate.org.uk/art/art-terms/m/minimalism
Dr. Virginia B. Spivey (2017). A Brief Introduction to Contemporary Art. https://brewminate.com/a-brief-introduction-to-contemporary-art/

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