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Contemporary art is the usual name for the latest art trends, which formed and began to develop since the second half of the 20th century up to the present day. Along with artistic practices, this term describes criticism, philosophy, theory and education, curatorial and gallery activities, as well as thematic publications. Contemporary art grew out of postmodern traditions that raised questions about the authorship of a work, the originality of a painting or object, and the artist’s subjectivity. Speaking of the terminology of contemporary art, it must be distinguished between modern art — the Art Nouveau style that developed during the 1850—1950s, and the subsequent period of contemporary art, which some may call “modern” as well, while some art critics consider the phrase “actual art” more precise.
Contemporary art, the art of our days, implies not only a broad cultural dialogue, but also an extended contextual framework of artists’ work. They touch upon such topics as cultural and personal identity, nationality, values of certain communities. Contemporary art is characterized by its globality, eclecticism, diversity, non-trivial materials of paintings and objects and the absence of the common ideology. Below we present the lists of the brightest trends and artistic styles of contemporary art by decades:
The variety of contemporary trends in art indicates that the latest artistic trends and movements largely follow technical progress. Another bright feature of contemporary art is its direct and close connection with the structures and institutions of cultural appreciation, such as galleries, museums, biennials, art fairs.
Famous contemporary artworks: Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (Beatles album cover) by Peter Blake, 1967 Khlebnikov by Anselm Kiefer, 1990 Puppy by Jeff Koons, 1992 Here by Eric Bulatov, 2001 Oval Buddha Silver by Takashi Murakami, 2008