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What is Contemporary Art?

What is Contemporary Art and how can we define it in 2017?

In 2017, many artists and galleries are championing contemporary art – us included!  The Tate defines “contemporary art” as being art of the present day and of the relatively recent past, of an “innovatory” or “avant-garde” nature.  The Institute of Contemporary Art in London, founded in 1947, champions art from that year on-wards. Whereas The New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York chooses the later date of 1977.

So, it’s a tricky question.  At one point or another all art can be considered contemporary (as it was of the time) and what can be more contemporary than the present day?  However, we obviously wouldn’t view a Turner or Van Gogh as “contemporary” in 2017…Unless perhaps if it’s adorning your morning coffee as #creamart (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/food-and-drink/drinks/beautiful-drink-korean-baristas-incredible-latte-art/) or printed onto the side of the latest LV= bag.

Coffee art taken to the next level CREDIT: KIM HONG-JI/REUTERS

Since the early 1900s artists have turned away from realistic representation and moved towards abstract depictions of figures and scenes.  “Abstract Expressionism” was coined after WWII in NYC to characterize an art movement which was neither purely abstract nor expressionistic.  This movement challenged artists to place more emphasis on the process of making art rather than the final product.

Here at the Art Movement we define Contemporary Art as work produced by living artists who are progressive, innovative and experimental, drawing upon a solid art foundation.  They are producing something new and unique to them.  It is the most current art you can find.  The Art Movement is so-named as it reflects the idea of being up-to the minute, moving forward, never standing still and “contemporary”.

So come and visit us at our gallery in London and sign up to our mailing list to find out more about our picks of the #contemporaryart scene.