Contemporary art is often defined as the art of today therefore it is always changing. Art that was produced in the late 20th century or in the 21st century is considered to be contemporary art. It is getting more difficult to define as the world continues to change and technology races ahead in this rapidly changing landscape. One thing remains true and that is creative people will find ways to bring new ideas and communicate them in interesting ways, push boundaries, and cause others to see the world in new ways and real art will continue to be birthed into existence regardless of what we choose to label it.
We are not against labels. In fact they can be helpful especially when attempting to communicate. Having a vocabulary is very important but we also recognize that sometimes words don’t fit and labels are a crude way to organize what will not neatly fit inside a box.
Modern art and contemporary art are often blended in peoples minds. So many sub genres have emerged that it is difficult to keep up with the vocabulary and understand it. Art is always best absorbed first as opposed to studied though there are many more depths that can be explored once absorbed when you delve into truly studying a piece.
The world of art has continued expanding to include private galleries, individual artists studios, non-profit spaces, major museums, art schools, collectors, commercial galleries, and philanthropists. Most contemporary art is displayed at commercial art galleries but many artists with the emergence of social media are producing their own exhibits in pop up galleries and alternative spaces. With the ability to reach collectors directly the art world is changing faster than anyone can keep up.
There are so many art movements. Some of the more popular ones you may have heard of are Abstract art, Art Nouveau, Photorealism, Abstract expressionism, Fauvism, Impressionism, Realism, Orphism, Concrete art, Space art, Constructivism, Aestheticism, Superflat, Land art, Plein Air, Toyism, Hyperrealism, Net art, Symbolism, Art Deco, Modernism, Hypermodernism, Pointillism, Romanticism, Psychedelic art, Purism, Cubism, Panfuturism, Street art, Shock art, Surrealism, Minimalism, Conceptual art, Excessivism, Expressionism, Gothic art, Folk art, Figurative art, Kinetic art, Fluxus, Modular constructivism, Renaissance, Art Brut, Computer art, Op Art, Pixel art, Assemblage, Suprematism, Art Informel, Happening, Neo-expressionism, Academic art, Harlem Renaissance, Dada, Color Field, Naive art, Neo-figurative, Sots art, Romanesque, Stuckism, Rococo, Neoclassicism, Analytical art, Neo-Dada, Futurism, and Graffiti just to name a few.
We will continue exploring how art is made and the movements that develop. We will always only have scratched the surface.