Contemporary art

Contemporary Art
Throughout history, art has been a form of visual expression, dating back to the eighteenth century. The term art can mean a diverse variety of media, ranging from painting, drawing, sculpture, decorative arts, photography, printmaking, and installation. Although those are the traditional forms of art, art can also be expressed in a variety of other media such as pottery, basketry, enamelwork, glassware, stained glass, interior design, furniture, rug and carpet, floral decoration, lacquerwork, mosaic, tapestry, and metalwork.

Visual arts range from aesthetic purposes to utilitarian purposes and therefore distinguish between the terms artist and artisan. An artisan is one who gives attention to the utilitarian purposes of art. In the mid-1800s, art schools began to open to separate these forms of art from more utilitarian media. This separation continued until the late 20th century.

Things began to change that challenged traditional definitions of art in 1917. Dada artist Marcel Dunchamp submitted a sculpture of a porcelain urinal to a public exhibition in New York City, implying that it was sufficient for an artist to decide something is art and submit it to a public venue, thus challenging art institutions to determine what was and was not considered art. Other experimental forms of art such as conceptual art and minimalism surfaced in the 20th century, and by the turn of the 21st century, more forms of art, such as video art, challenged the traditional definitions of art.

As a form of realism expression, CA is a straightforward approach to represent certain thoughts and ideas. They are literate in concepts of modern art but instead work in a more traditional form. "Contemporary" means, “art that has been and continues to be created during our lifetimes.”

Many contemporary realists in the nineteenth century that dabbled in this art form, media started out as abstract artists. They went to school where the professors and theorists dismissed representational painting and therefore, the artists moved into contemporary realism art. Some of the best-known artists that came out of this movement are William Bailey, Neil Welliver, and Philip Pearlstein.

CA, as we know it today stems from the post-World War II era. Each of this spans about thirty to forty years, so art that was created in the 1960s or 1970s is considered contemporary art in the 2000s. During the 20th and 21st centuries, we began to see modern art and postmodern art forms and the distinction between the fine arts and low arts start to fade.

This art still challenges those concepts by mixing with popular culture. Instead of expressing beauty and purity, some contemporary artists are inspired by socially oriented ideas. This crosses the bounds over to visual art.

Over the last 30 years, contemporary art has been connected with issues such as feminism, multiculturalism, globalization, bio-engineering, and AIDS awareness. Some of the well-known contemporary artists of the 21st century include Peter Hurd, Andrew Wyeth, James Bama, Colleen Browning, Scott Prior, and Randall Lake.


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