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Contemporary art

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Contemporary art encompasses all art being done now. It tends to include art from the 1960s or 1970s through the present.

Table of contents
1 Trends in Contemporary Art
2 Contemporary Artists (selection)

Trends in Contemporary Art

As it has done in the past, today's art both combines different traditional forms, but also pushes the boundaries of people's perception. It includes things that people consider immoral or taboo. For example, we now see the use of body fluids and plastics in art. Artists also take advantage of modern technology and specific media, resulting in media art, electronic art and Internet art. In music, composers and musicians make use of electronic music and computer music. Although many artists still work in painting and pure sculpture, a large number of artworks now take the form of installationss, performances, media-based works or even research projects.

More so than many other forms of art, contemporary art is often focused on the abstract. Because of this, contemporary art is often criticized for being "meaningless" or for "not being art." Contemporary art often has the goal of criticizing or commenting on society, politics, and religion. Contemporary art should not be confused with modern art - the former is art being created today and the art of roughly the past three decades, while the latter generally refers to art from the late 19th century until the 1970s. Contemporary art is characterized by its extreme diversity and the apparent lack of specific movements.

Contemporary Artists (selection)

Visual arts

See also Young British Artists; Turner Prize; List of contemporary artists

Music

Theatre

Dance

Literature

Video art