ARTH408: Contemporary Art
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In common conversation, we often use the phrase “contemporary art” to refer to current artistic productionthe art being produced today. However, in the art history field, the phrase denotes a specific period of art and artistic practice starting in the 1960s and continuing today. It is characterized by a break from the modernist artistic canon and a desire to move away from the dominant Western cultural model, looking for inspiration in everyday and popular culture. More specifically, many contemporary artworks reject traditional modernistic artistic media (such as painting or sculpture) in favor of a more collaborative, ephemeral, and multimedia approach that further blurs the boundaries between high and mass culture. In its subject matter, this art also tends to reflect a shift away from purely aesthetic issues to more socially oriented concerns. Finally, it is important to note that contemporary art should not be seen as a progression of different artistic styles but as series of different cu…
Categories: Visual & Performing Arts
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