Contemporary art is the art of today. Art created in the second half of the 20th century and the 21st century is considered contemporary. Not to be confused with the term modern art which is artwork created specifically between the 1960’s and 70’s. Contemporary artists work with a wide range on medias, from the more traditional, paints, charcoal and natural materials to digital painting and cinema. Common themes inspiring contemporary artists include the ever advancing technological world, politics and cultural diversity.
Contemporary artist often set out to challenge the boundaries of what is considered acceptable, what is considered right and uniform. Sending a message, creating confusion or simply leaving the audience asking questions would often be considered inspiration for many contemporary artists.
The art world is dependent on art institutions. Art institutions range from curators, writers, individual artists to art schools and major international art galleries. Contemporary art is displayed in a number of ways. Well known contemporary artists art is often exhibited in major commercial contemporary art galleries. This may be the artist themselves exhibiting their work, or collectors exhibiting their private collections, or hosting an art auction.
Richie Culver’s art work has been described as phenomenon within the contemporary art world within the past two years. his autobiographical approach to his paintings and sculptures capture his own experiences and views on both society and British Politics.
In the 1990’s contemporary art became part of popular culture. Artist became extremely famous and were considered stars, however contemporary art was not without its critics at this time. Two noticeable outspoken art critics of the time include Julian Spalding and Donald Kuspit. Julian Spalding has heavily criticised contemporary art throughout his career as a curator and critic. He has largely criticized some of the highest recognised contemporary artists of the past decade, The most noticeable of the past 10 years being Damien Hirst, describing some of Hirst’s most famous work as ‘worthless’.