What is the importance of contemporary art

Contemporary Arts

Contemporary art defies clear definition because of its incredible diversity. It is broadly described as the art of today, created during the late 20th and early 21st centuries.

She is characterized by her nature, the variety of cultures she explores, and the influence of technology and the digital age. Contemporary art includes experimental and dynamic combinations of materials. It is incredibly diverse and forms part of modern cultural dialogue. Modern art is not the same as contemporary art, although its definitions can easily be confused with one another and there is some overlap. Over a period of time, modern art emerged from the 1860s to the 1970s, and it began with major painters like Van Gogh, Gauguin, and Cézanne, who were revolutionizing painting at the time. The icons among modern artists were Picasso, Matisse and Frida Kahlo. After World War II, the United States became an artistic hub, producing many renowned modern artists such as Andy Warhol and Willem de Kooning. While there is some overlap between the definitions of modern art and contemporary art, contemporary art is inextricably linked to the present moment and is art that was created in our lifetime.

The term “contemporary art” appeared for the first time in 1910 with the founding of the “Contemporary Art Society” by Roger Fry as a style and became increasingly popular as a critical term in the 1930s. As the modern style became an increasingly historical art movement, much of modern art was out of date. The definition of what contemporary art is has changed. After all, this definition is always anchored in the present - so contemporary art changes over time. The key moment, often described as the switch from modern to contemporary art, is after World War II or the 1960s when the art scene changed.

Il aurait fait n’importe quoi pour la faire rire, l’entendre rire c’était déjà s’envoler avec elle vers des nuits sans âge, François PAGE, 2017, oil on canvas, 100 x 100 cm

Nathalie Heinich, the French art scholar, understands modern and contemporary art separately. Modern art questions the conventions of representation while contemporary art questions the very concept of the work of art. It is true that contemporary art has really pushed the boundaries of what art is. It is incredibly diverse and often characterized by its heterogeneity. Furthermore, it encompasses many trends and does not offer a unified view, although there are many recurring themes that artists address, including: identity issues, globalization, modern technology, contemporary society and political issues.

By sketching the advancement of art from the 1950s, many movements can be described as part of contemporary art: from abstraction in all its forms - abstract expressionism and lyrical abstraction - to figuration, including photorealism and hyperrealism. Street Art and Pop Art are closely linked to contemporary art today. Contemporary art is globally diverse and the form varies from country to country. For example, the contemporary art scene in Great Britain was shaped by the YBAs - Young British Artists - supported by Charles Saatchi and exhibited in prestigious institutions such as the Tate.

CETUS, Rosy AUGUSTE, 2015, acrylic on canvas, 50 x 60 cm

Art museums take their own unique approach to defining contemporary art. There is no uniform agreement there. The Institute of Contemporary Art in London started accepting works of art from 1947, while the New Museum in New York selected 1977. The Tate Modern in London regards contemporary art as art that was created in the last 10 years.

New media are key to contemporary art as contemporary artists can be much more experimental. They work on installations, use audio and video, and explore new media associated with digital technologies. Contemporary painting is no exception to this exploration - artists can experiment with color, combining both oils and acrylics, or incorporating collages and other materials to create mixed media work. The subject of contemporary painting is so diverse that artists are inspired by historical movements, individual artists or contemporary life. Contemporary art is characterized by its almost timeless quality, which arises from the variety of works created. Some works are very current, while other artists look back to the past.

Beach, Kirstin MCCOY, 2018, oil on canvas, 60 x 60 cm

Singulart's artists illustrate the diversity of contemporary painting. From portrait painting to landscape art, abstraction and figurative art. We have works of art for all tastes. They push the boundaries of what traditional painting can be by exploring new materials and new subjects. Not only do they work with color, but they also experiment with ink, pencil, resin, and increasingly unusual materials like gold leaf, sand, or even cement. Abstraction and figuration are two ends of the spectrum of contemporary painting, but more and more artists want to go beyond this dichotomy to explore both categories even further.

Danse, Ewa HAUTON, 2017, charcoal, ink on paper, 100 x 70 cm

Ewa Hauton and François Pagé capture their portraits figuratively, as does Kirstin Mccoy with their landscape work. Olivier Messas' work, on the other hand, lies somewhere between abstraction and figurative art, and Francesco D’Adamo, Glib Franko and Rosy Auguste show uniquely different approaches to abstract painting. Vincent Bardou and Virginia Valère, on the other hand, are experimenting with contemporary street art. Contemporary art is becoming increasingly international, and Singulart strives to represent a diversity of nationalities in order to show the breadth of contemporary painting.

By Louisa Baumgartel