Appreciating Contemporary Art and its Subjective Nature

August 20, 2013 at 6:46 pm | Posted in contemporary art, Imikimi, Photography | Leave a comment
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Contemporary art is defined as art created in the late 20th and early 21st centuries.  To define it even more simply, it is art that has been created and that continues to be created right now, during our lifetimes. The term itself; contemporary, alludes to the present time.  Most authorities on art history, however, say that contemporary art encompasses all art produced after the 1970’s on.

Do you have to be an art aficionado to tell the difference? Not really.  Contemporary art usually gives itself away.  To the novice art buff, it’s usually the type of art that catches the eye and captures his attention.  It is timely as it alludes to the future or present day, it is savvy and selective in its presentation, it is constant, dynamic, and reactive.  Or is it?  The topic of what makes something art in the first place is something that has been a matter of tireless, opinionated debate by artists, Art History professors, critics, and the general populace since the dawn of art appreciation! What makes something contemporary art or art at all; for that matter, is subjective. This quality is also the source of art’s lure and appeal. Art comes from the creative soul and is expressed in the artist’s chosen form as a gift to the world.

Examples of Contemporary Art Museum Pieces

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Whether a piece of contemporary art speaks to you, elicits certain feelings from you, or even repulses you, depends on your particular tastes.  Your affinity or distaste for a piece is subjective to all the factors make up who you are, and what you think makes a great piece of contemporary art.  It doesn’t matter if you are looking for a piece of contemporary art to add to personal your collection, or you are a gallery owner or museum curator searching for that perfect show stopping piece. There are about as many  styles of contemporary art as there are opinions about it.  You should have no problem at all finding your perfect piece.

Photo credits: http://images.businessweek.com/ss/08/07/0701_museum_exhibits/5.htm

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