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To describe and categorize works of art, various terms are used. On the one hand, there are terms that define the painting technique. Depending on what the artist has worked with, one speaks of an acrylic painting, an oil painting, a watercolor or an ink drawing, for example.

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On the other hand, a distinction is made between different painting styles. Abstract, expressionistic or surreal are examples of this. In addition, artworks are arranged in chronological order. And in this context, there is the concept of contemporary art. But what is contemporary art? What is her character? And who are famous representatives?

These and other questions are answered by the following guide:

Contemporary art is also referred to as contemporary art or contemporary art. The term is used for all works of art that are of importance to both contemporary art historians and art critics as well as to the art public. Simplified, contemporary art is thus art created by contemporaries and perceived as significant by other contemporaries.

Based on this description, it could now be assumed that the works are exclusively young or novel art, which has arisen in recent years. That is not quite true. The vast majority of contemporary art is indeed only a few years old, so that can be spoken by current or young works of art. Basically, however, even older works, which were created several decades ago, can be counted as contemporary art.

In this case, the time frame is often also mentioned, so it is spoken, for example, of the contemporary art of the 19th century. If the temporal classification is missing, however, the term contemporary art usually refers to contemporary.

Is there a difference between contemporary and modern art?

The term Modern Art is a generic term that usually describes the art of the 20th century. As a modern art thus, the works of art and artistic developments are summarized, which originated from about 1870 and in the following century. In the 1970s, there was also discussion about a separation between modern and postmodern art in art circles.

To this day, there is no agreement as to whether certain art movements and styles belong to the modern or the postmodern. The question of whether contemporary art still belongs to modern art is also answered differently depending on the point of view. The same applies to the dating of the art epoch.

There is no universal definition of which year Modern Art begins with and when it ends. Rather, the temporal framework results from which concept of modern art is used. One of the reasons why it is generally difficult to draw clear boundaries in art is that artists have regularly adopted and maintained, developed or reinterpreted styles, elements and details from previous eras.

In principle, the term contemporary art or contemporary is used to express a demarcation to modern art, or more precisely avant-garde art of the 20th century.

In order to emphasize the delimitation even more clearly, one does not speak of modern art, but more specifically the art of modernity. Modern art can also be contemporary, just as contemporary art can be modern. Nevertheless, not every modern artwork is necessarily a contemporary work of art and vice versa.

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What distinguishes contemporary art?

Contemporary art has a characteristic feature: it is not bound to any specific techniques, specific materials or concepts. There is neither a typical painting style nor a single, fixed form of artistic expression.

Also with regard to the motives, the statements or the messages that are translated by the works of art, contemporary art knows no bounds. Instead, contemporary art lives from its diversity and individuality.

Almost all painting styles, techniques, artistic trends and new developments can be part of contemporary art. Contemporary art thus allows the artist to choose his own path to express himself artistically.

Who are famous representatives of contemporary art?

As versatile as contemporary art is, so complex and diverse are the artists. National and international artists, as well as well-known and hitherto little-known artists, contribute to a lively and varied art market through their work.

Making a list of artists is also difficult because contemporary art does not describe a specific art direction, but rather refers to all art that corresponds to the current zeitgeist and is significant in the present.

Nevertheless, of course, examples can be mentioned. Two big names in the German art market, for example, are Armin Mueller-Stahl and Udo Lindenberg, whose works inspire the friends of contemporary art.

But also, Christo or Damien Hirst are prominent representatives of contemporary art. If you would like to get an overview of the diversity of contemporary art and its representatives, then the “documents” in Kassel is recommended. The exhibition takes place every five years and is considered the most important exhibition of contemporary art.

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