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What defines contemporary art?

Is this Bichon frise in pastel tones really contemporary art?

Contemporary art is created by living artists who regularly publish new works. Thus, contemporary art is a term for the art of the present.

What is contemporary art about?

Most of the time, this type of art is not just about forms or aesthetics. Artists like Banksy or Jonny Detiger have ideas and concerns they want to bring to the public via painting, photography, sculpture, live performance, and other techniques.

Usually, the artist uses the style or technique that best illustrates their idea or concern. This makes contemporary art extremely diverse.

Where is contemporary art going?

New technological advances such as better and cheaper cameras, new media, and even the use of artificial intelligence are also being incorporated into the creation of contemporary artworks.

Like any art form, contemporary art can be polarizing. A good example are the NFTs from Bored Ape Yacht Club. Traditionalists hate these works or think they are hokum. The young art scene sees it differently and praises the paintings to the seventh heaven.

Damien Hirst recently burned some of his works produced by traditional methods, so they now exist only as NFTs.

In a few years, we’ll see stunning artworks created using artificial intelligence. Or other things that we can’t even imagine at the moment. Contemporary art is constantly evolving and adapting to the times. Do not forget that it is the art of the present. If there are painting robots in the present, new political trends, high-powered lasers that carve sculptures on their own, or other things, these will be incorporated into this kind of art – no matter what the critics think.

How do you find quality artwork?

To find high quality artwork that will develop high collector value over time, ask yourself the following questions:

  • Does the work tell a story? If so, what is it?
  • Does the work convey an idea or feeling?
  • Is there a theme underlying the work?
  • Are there connections to current events?
  • Would it be significant with different colors? Would this create new meaning?
  • Do the materials used have any meaning or association?

Sometimes, people have other reasons to buy contemporary art. They like the motif or the colors harmonize with their living room decor. In my shop, you will find many artworks as framed museum quality digital prints.