What is Contemporary Art?
Contemporary art is work that was created after the Second World War, but to understand what contemporary art is and what defines a contemporary artist, you must know that it is definitely not all art after World War 2. A contemporary artist does work that is cutting-edge or avant-garde. It particularly refers to abstract work and postmodernist genres, such as performance art, installation and Pop art.
Contemporary art can mean virtually anything on display and visiting galleries and museums, with contemporary art on display, there will be modernist abstract paintings for example the Homeage to the square from Joseph Albers or Richard Serra’s Five Plates, Two Poles.
Some of the top contemporary artist and their work include:
Andreas Gurskey who recently sold the Rein II for $4,338,500 at Christie’s Auction House. Most of this artists work can be found at the Gagosian Gallery.
Paul McCarthy sold his Tomato Head for $4, 562,500 and this artist is known for his highly visual and wild experiments which often mock classic American movies such as Western Movies or those from Walt Disney. His works are mostly on display at Hauser & Wirth.
Zhou Chunya is a Chinese Contemporary artist and his latest artwork, the Sheepshearing sold at $4,799,812 at the Eli Klein Fine Art gallery in New York. He is well known for his green paintings of his German Shepard and in green literally means the painting is in the color green.
Zeng Fanzhi sold his Marriage painting for a whopping $6,209,126 ate the Gagosian Gallery and is an amazingly simplistic painting of a man and a woman.
Cady Noland sold the Oozewald for $6,578,500 at the Paula Cooper Gallery and loves to portray violence in her artwork.
Stephen Kasner is one of the most controversial contemporary artist at present. His artwork all portrays a dark vision and rather disturbing and some of Stephen Kasner’s works are the Klyst-Chaos is my name, Eyes of Fire-Ashes to Embers and Himsa- Hail Horror.