What is Contemporary Art?

What is Contemporary Art? Honestly this question can be a little harder to answer than you think. Contemporary art is art that is created today. It can include painting, sculpture, photography, installation, video art, and performance. Unlike most artistic eras, the timeframe for contemporary art is considered a little blurred. People widely consider the contemporary art era to begin around the 1960s or the 1970s. Contemporary art can have many different images and ideas. Artwork has become bolder, more hyper realistic and more experimental. Pieces can range from a large pile of neon colored dirty laundry to 10 metal square boxes lined up against a white wall. I enjoy contemporary art because it really can be left up to the viewer to interpret it. Even though we all see the exact same item or artwork physically does not mean that we all mentally view it the same. This is why I appreciate contemporary art so much. There is so much to unpack in a piece of work that may seem confusing or senseless to some. I hope you can enjoy and help understand some pieces I plan to look over in this blog.