A Glimpse Into the Contemporary Art and Its Future Perspectives

Art is old. It has however developed over time. Today art has been classified evolution-wise. It has become a business to some and others a form of self-actualization. Today people are talking about the future of art. They have started thinking of what art would look in a decade or more from today. This writing captures all that is contemporary art and its future perspectives.

Contemporary Art Defined

The alignment arrangement of individual elements could be letters, symbols, numbers and shapes such that they bring about an appeal to senses and emotions encapsulates art. This concept has however evolved into contemporary art which means the art of today. Do not be confused by this idea, because nothing stays at the same point for a long time; there is always an aspect of growth and development which art has undergone after 1960, the end of modern art.

The Evolution of Contemporary Art

Contemporary art did not just start; there is a whole story to it. Contemporary art begins with pop art. Below is a demonstration of the development of contemporary art.

  • Pop Art

Every time something old goes, and a new thing comes, it leaves behind a ripple effect. After modern art, there came pop art.  It was hugely used by artists of the time namely Roy Lichtenstein and Andy Warhol. Pop culture was looked at as the mass culture.  Pop art lasts for about two decades, from the 50s to the 70s. Nearly a decade after, efforts of artists like Jeff Koons in the 80s led to the birth of Neo-Pop Art.

  • Photorealism

There was no much difference between photorealism and pop art. They both through art reproduced objects. In this case, drawings and paintings created were more than realistic. These artists used photographs. Such helped the artists produce realistically looking landscapes, drawings, and paintings. Artists commonly known for using this method include Gerhard Richter and Chuck Close.

  • Conceptualism

This age was hugely motivated by pop art. Conceptualism opposed acts of art as a commodity. Artists of this stage believed that art was all-concept.  This era can be traced to the early beginnings of the 21st century. In this time, art was viewed as starting from an idea. Artists common for conceptualism include  Damien Hirst, Jenny Holzer, and Ai Wei Wei. Conceptualism is still a part of today’s contemporary art.

  • Minimalism

Minimalism came at almost the same time as conceptualism. It is still evident in today’s art. Similarly, minimalism fought the very structure of art making, spread, and reception by viewers. Minimalism is however different; its aesthetic gives room for a viewer to talk about what they see rather than what art represents. Artists, Sol Lewitt, Donald Judd, among many others, commonly used this concept.

Future Perspectives of Contemporary Art

Art has survived, decades and centuries; no one expects that this process of growth will stop. There is a way art will look like, and people are talking about it. The future of contemporary art is inevitable.


  • Art is dissolving into the walls of technology

Michelle Grabner says that with the coming of the internet, business is the main thing. Not many will be thinking about art. It is all clear that there will be art, but it will be engulfed in the commercial economy of digital networks. We will see art in technology.

  • The viewer will become more active

Doug Aitken argues that art is going to be de-material. That as technology cuts the existence of certain concepts of life, there will be a need for proof that we are still human and that the only way to do that is through art. That people will always come up with items that appeal to man and that the viewer will become less passive and start interacting with the image, sculpture, or painting.

  • We continue doing the things we do

Lia Chavez affirms that AI is taking over, that even in its inception people will remain, people, that people will again eat food and drink water. That knowledge will be for sale or lease. We will always keep imagining things and coming up with ideas that appeal to the emotions of man through art. That art becomes more powerful and that it will evolve. That we will die for things that promote creative inspiration. That such creation will keep us delighted as they have been in the past.

With the above, you should be able to get a screenshot of what contemporary art and its future perspectives look like. Frankly, art is here to stay.

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